Snowfalls hit New Zealand

Polar explosion: heavy snowfalls hit the north of the island, roads are closed due to snowfall in the south, huge waves hit the coast of Wellington.

All Air New Zealand flights to and from the country’s southernmost airports, including Queenstown, have been canceled due to the worsening weather.

The national carrier said today that polar winds have caused outages across much of the South Island, with flights to Dunedin, Invercargill and Queenstown cancelled due to wind and snow.

So far, 26 flights have been canceled for the next two days.

An airline spokesman said the difficult conditions are expected to continue until tomorrow, and the airline is currently working on recovery flights for stranded passengers.

Further travel disruptions are expected, with the Interislander Ferry canceling all flights tomorrow and likely extending them through Wednesday.

A heavy snowfall warning is in effect for much of the country, from the deep south to the center of the North Island.