Fog causes travel chaos in Auckland, flights delayed, cancelled

A thick blanket of fog caused travel chaos in Auckland on Thursday morning.

Fog restructions were put in place at Auckland Airport at 6:40am on Thursday and lasted until 10:55am.

Thirty-eight domestic flights were delayed and 28 were cancelled due to the heavy shroud of fog. One flight from Blenheim was diverted to Rotorua.

International flights and flights to main centres like Dunedin and Queenstown were not impacted.

Auckland Airport spokesperson Sam Cook said at the time that passengers should check the airport's website or app for the latest flight arrival and departure information.

Fog causes travel chaos in Auckland, flights delayed, cancelled
Photo credit: Kim Stewart.
Fog over the Waitakere Ranges.
Fog over the Waitakere Ranges. Photo credit: Tony Bacon.

The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) warned Auckland commuters to be alert of the weather, with two crashes and a breakdown blocking lanes on main routes earlier on Thursday. NZTA have warned motorists to be aware of congestion and take their time heading into the city.

Forecaster WeatherWatch says the fog shouldn't linger for too long, but it is also present further south in Waikato, which is currently hosting the annual Fielddays at Mystery Creek.

Social media was inundated with images of the veil of fog, with one user calling it the "weirdest fog I have ever seen".

One image from Metservice shows the fog creeping its way across the Waitemata Harbour towards the city's centre.