South Island drivers need to check the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency traffic map before heading through alpine areas and inland Dunedin/ Otago this week.
8 August 2022, 11am update
Snow closed SH1 south of Kaikōura earlier today but it has since reopened with road patrols active.
“Expect driving conditions to be challenging and road conditions to change quickly through the week. People should check the Waka Kotahi map and MetService snow forecasts,” says Tresca Forrester, Journey Manager for Waka Kotahi.
SH8 Fairlie to Twizel, Burkes Pass
SH8 Tarras to Omarama, the Lindis Pass
SH85 Palmerston to Kyeburn
SH87 Outram, west of Mosgiel, to Kyeburn
SH73, Porters Pass, Springfield to Castle Hill and Arthur’s Pass to Otira: Chains essential, no towing vehicles.
SH7, the Lewis Pass north and west of Waipara: Snowing down to Shale Peak, snow Weka Pass to Hurunui, strong winds – care needed, especially high-sided vehicles.
SH77, Windwhistle to Methven: Road patrol active, closed to towing vehicles and chains essential.
SH6 at Kingston, south of the Devil’s Staircase, key route to Queenstown: A significant drop out Friday night has reduced this highway to single lane. (See photo below). Drivers need to build in extra time and take care along this route to Queenstown.
Chains are needed this morning on the Crown Range Road between Wanaka and Queenstown. Updates at https://www.facebook.com/QLDCinfo(external link)
Care is needed on this route due to snow and ice.
Ice along this route, drivers need to take care.
People heading over alpine passes or driving inland of Dunedin, or through Central Otago, should check the Waka Kotahi traffic map and also MetService forecasts and updates: