Weather: Snow blankets south, gales wallop north of country over past 24 hours

No matter where you are in the country, you would have felt the weather front that made its way across Aotearoa in the last 24 hours. 

Coming from south Tasmania, it brought gale-force winds, snow and big swells.

And it's not really what you'd call T-shirt weather.

"I just pulled over to see the snow. It looks really good, aye!" one local told Newshub.

In Tāhuna/Queenstown, Hollywood star Jason Momoa didn't even bother with the shirt.

"Never in my life - in 44 years - did I ever get in a hot tub while it's snowing baby!" he said.

Snow has been falling right across Murihiku/Southland and Ōtākou/Otago.

"Probably the lower South Island affected the worst, but much of the country did see effects," said Seth Carrier from NIWA.

It's caused by a low-pressure that drifted across from near Tasmania.

"Yesterday and last night what we saw was some really strong winds, for the lower South Island [in] places like Otago, Southland," Carrier told Newshub.

"Those areas [received] fairly widespread wind gusts of 100 kilometres per hour or more."

Winter graced the runway at Tāhuna/Queenstown Airport too.

Bannockburn outside of Tīrau/Cromwell also got its fair share, and the Crown Range was a treacherous drive before dawn

Coronet Peak had a good 30 centimetres of snow on Wednesday - to skiers' delight.

"It actually started a bit sooner than we thought. It started at midday yesterday, and then it snowed heavily, and then a bit more overnight. And then we're just going to get these flurries for about the next 24 hours, so it's nice and cold," said Paul Anderson from NZSki.

Northern Waitaha/Canterbury managed to escape the wintery blast.
Northern Waitaha/Canterbury managed to escape the wintery blast. Photo credit: Newshub.

Farms in North Waitaha/Canterbury managed to dodge the bad-weather trend this winter.

"Not a lot of snow - which is what we like," shepherd Liam Harris told Newshub

"We probably didn't have to start feeding out as soon as what we quite possibly would [have]. It has been good, yeah there's been a bit more food around, and obviously a lot less mud.

That means there's more supplement feed if winter does end up finishing with a sting in its tail.

"[We] probably haven't had a super active winter in terms of snowfall this year, so seeing some snow, it definitely is a good harbinger of the season," Carrier told Newshub.

Large swells on Te Tai Poutini/the West Coast and in Te Whanganui a Tara/Wellington added to a day of wild weather.