Flights in and out of Queenstown Airport and been grounded after the area in central Otago was blanketed in snow this morning.
The heavy snow forced the closure of the airport and disrupted flights on the first Monday of the school holidays.
“Runway clearing is currently in progress and flights have been cancelled until further notice. The snow is expected all day and is continuing to fall heavily,” the airport wrote on Twitter.
There was also snowfall down to sea level in Dunedin and on Stewart Island while on the West Coast, snow fell to 200m.
NZTA have asked motorists to stay off snowy roads around the country unless they are prepared for the conditions.