Snow time like summer for wintry fun in Tauranga

Snow. Photo credit: Getty

Tauranga residents are being told to brace themselves for a big dump of snow this morning.

Yes, you read that right - 60 tonnes of snow from Mt Ruapehu will be dropped on Mt Maunganui beach on Saturday morning.

Mt Ruapehu marketing manager Matt McIvor says they want to give residents a taste of snow in the height of summer.

"When I saw snow as a kid for the first time, I lost the plot. We see it all the time with kids with their very first touch of snow – they absolutely love it.

"They'll be throwing it around making snow angels hopefully, they'll be trading sandcastles in for building snowmen."

The snow dump will happen at 10am on Marine Parade, with the snow expected to last at least two hours.

Mr McIvor expects it'll be a big hit.

"It's totally free, everyone's welcome. We've got a whole bunch of prizes in the snow, so there will be some cold hands digging."

Matt McIvor says the stunt will prove the effectiveness of their new machines, which can create snow in temperatures up to 25degC.