Photo gallery: Kiwis embrace 'beautiful' South Island snow

A number of Kiwis have been enjoying Sunday's snow as Southland and other areas of the country are blanketed in white.

Invercargill has been hit particularly hard by the polar blast. Although inconvenient for some, with cancelled flights in and out of Invercargill Airport, others have made the most of their frosty Sunday. 

Kids have been loving the 'rare' snowfall in Greymouth (left) and Invercargill.
Kids have been loving the 'rare' snowfall in Greymouth (left) and Invercargill. Photo credit: Left: Supplied/Ashley Galway; Right: Supplied/Sara Frew.

"It's been snowing most of the day down here, so took our dog Rosa for a walk when there was a break - she made some new friends," says Invercargill resident Alison Hughes.

Dogs have been lapping up the snowfall.
Dogs have been lapping up the snowfall. Photo credit: Supplied/Alison Hughes.

"Awesome day in Invercargill today, snow everywhere. I had a good inch of snow on my cars," said South City local Treana Templeton.

A cold and unstable flow from the southwest is to blame for the late winter snow, and a MetService meteorologist confirmed that snow in Invercargill is "definitely not a regular occurrence".

Southland town Mataura has also experienced thick snowfall, around 40 metres above sea level.

Sunday's isolated flurries in the west coast of the South Island are also "incredibly rare", says WeatherWatch, as a number of Greymouth and Hokitika locals rush to document the unexpected snowfall.

Southland resident Bruce Scott captured "12 centimetres of snow" blanketing their backyard in Tinkertown.

Southland's Tinkertown.
Southland's Tinkertown. Photo credit: Supplied/Bruce Scott.
Southland snow.
Southland's Tinkertown blanketed in white. Photo credit: Bruce Scott/Supplied.

MetService said low snow is expected in Marlborough this afternoon, while weather on the west coast is likely to ease over the next couple of hours.

Invercargill police have urged motorists to avoid travelling in Southland until the snow subsides. If driving is necessary, police recommend driving to the conditions and using snow chains where required.