Warning issued over 'considerable' avalanche risks across NZ

Weather, South Island
Backcountry areas are at risk. Photo credit: Getty

Authorities have issued warnings about potential avalanche risks ahead of the weekend.

Across the country the danger of avalanches in backcountry areas has been graded at level 3, a "considerable" danger level, meaning avalanches are likely.

New Zealand Avalanche Advisory (NZAA) issued the warnings on Friday morning.

The warnings affect 11 different areas in seven different regions across the country.

Backcountry areas affected:

  • Tongariro
  • Taranaki
  • Nelson Lakes
  • Arthurs Pass
  • Craigieburn Range
  • Mt Hutt
  • Aoraki/Mt Cook
  • Ohau
  • Two Thumbs
  • Wanaka
  • Fiordland

The warnings come as authorities urge mountain-goers to be careful and make good decisions when heading to the snow.

"It's important that anyone heading into the backcountry is aware of the risks, has the correct equipment and the skills required to use this equipment," an NZAA spokesperson said.

More severe winter weather is forecast to hit around the country with MetService expecting snow to hit high country areas in parts of the North and South Island.