Queenstown to Kingston highway opens


Wakatipu schools are again closed today (Tuesday) – but the snow fields and Queenstown Airport are open.
The Wakatipu basin remains blanketed in snow to downtown levels with a further 15 to 20cm falling overnight – adding to the 20cm that settled on the ground yesterday (Monday). 

Queenstown Lakes District Council staff have been shovelling footpaths downtown since 6am this morning –
additional crews have been directed to the Kingston-Frankton state highway.

The road has just reopened at 12.30pm with snow continuing to fall at Kingston. Residents report a whopping 60cm extra snow has fallen since yesterday’s significant dump.

Council advises motorists to take extreme care due to ice if attempting to travel between Lake Hayes and Arrowtown. 

Meanwhile, anyone driving down Fernhill, the Crown Range Road which links to Wanaka and up Coronet Peak or The Remarkables ski fields should have chains. 

Queenstown Aiport’s runway was closed this morning (Tuesday) but has been cleared for flights from 10.30am. 

Both Coronet and The Remarkables are trumpeting an extra 30cm of new snow overnight but warn snow lovers to wrap up warm and take care when driving. 

The Winter Games’ cross country freestyle skiing event scheduled for 9am at Cardona’s Snow Park today (Tuesday) is on hold till noon with a proposed 2pm start. 

The highflying freeski slopestyle event which was cancelled yesterday has been postponed until Thursday because of poor visibility and wind.

New Zealand Post has again cancelled all mail delivery in Queenstown today – it was also canned yesterday.