なんとオークランドでは８０年ぶりの降雪のようです（Snow falls in Auckland for first time in decades）。
The storm was a 'once in a lifetime' event and similar conditions had not been seen in the city since the 1930s, he said.
The level of snow that fell in Wellington had not been seen since at least the 1970s, he said.
* Snow expected to fall in Auckland region peaks. Maximum high of 10C.
* More snow for Wellington, Wanganui, Palmerston North, Napier and Hastings regions.
* More heavy snow expected in the South Island, with Queenstown dropping to minus 4C.
* Auckland's maximum temperature expected to be 9C.
* Heavy showers forecast for much of the North Island.
* More heavy snow in the South Island and lower North Island.
* The polar outbreak will start to move from the north of New Zealand.
SH5 Napier to Taupo
SH2 Norsewood to Waipukurau
SH2 Dannevirke to Norsewood
SH54 Cheltenham to Vinegar Hill
SH2 Rimutaka Hill
SH49 Tohunga Junction (SH4) to Waiouru
SH1 Taihape to Waiouru
SH46 Rangipo to Otukou
SH47 National Park to Tokaanu
SH1 Desert Road - Rangipo to Waiouru
SH3 Tariki to Stratford
Snow is falling on the Kaimai Ranges. Police are advising drivers to delay their journeys or to drive to the conditions.
**SH4 National Park to Raetihi has re-opened
SH74 Christchurch (tunnel Road From Ferry Rd to Tunnel Roundabout)
SH1 Dunedin to Gore
SH87 Outram to Kyeburn
SH1 Palmerston to Dunedin
SH85 Kyeburn to Palmerston
SH1 Kaikoura to Waipara
SH8 Omarama to Tarras (Lindis Pass)
SH90 Raes Junction to Mcnab
SH8 Raes Junction to Milton
SH6 Kingston to Five Rivers
SH6 Queenstown to Kingston
SH8 Alexandra to Roxburgh
SH93 Clinton to Mataura
Transport: Environment Canterbury said all Christchurch metro bus services had been suspended until further notice. Dunedin City Council also said that its bus services weren't running.
Airports: Most flights were cancelled out of Dunedin, Christchurch, Queenstown and Invercargill airports this morning.
Runways and aprons at Christchurch International Airport have now been cleared of snow and slush but more snow is forecast and conditions may change.
A number of domestic and international flights have managed to land or take off from Christchurch International Airport during breaks in the weather.
One inbound international flight operated by Singapore Airlines had to be diverted to Auckland - but has now returned to Christchurch, landing a short time ago.
You can check arrivals and departures from Christchurch Airport here. Flight information for Queenstown airport is available here.
Wellington airport is open but flights to/from Christchurch, Dunedin and Invercargill have been cancelled. You can check flight information here.
Mail: NZ Post has cancelled many deliveries around the country.
Spokesman Michael Tull said mail could not be delivered to Gisborne, Napier, Hastings, Waipukurai, Waipawa, Takapau and Bay View, Eltham, Stratford, Manaia and Opunake, Masterton, Featherston, Greytown, Carterton, Martinborough, Christchurch, Ashburton, Oamaru, Dunedin, Mosgiel, Balcutha, Gore, Alexandra, Queenstown, and Wanaka.
In Wellington, mail couldn't be delivered to Brooklyn, Johnsonville, Newlands, Churton Park, Woodridge, Ngauranga Gorge, Upper Hutt, Stokes Valley, Manor Park.
Schools/Universities: Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown schools are closed, including Island School, Roydvale School, South New Brighton, Windsor Primary School, Paparoa Street School, St Teresa's, St Patrick's School, Lincoln High School, Cotswold School.
Canterbury University and Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) are both closed for the day.
The University of Otago is open, but students are advised to check the blackboard and contact individual departments to make sure classes are being held.
Newlands College in Wellington is closed, as is the majority of schools in the Wairarapa.
Hospitals: Elective surgery and outpatient appointments at Dunedin and Wakari Hospitals have been postponed today. The Southern District Health Board said Dunedin and Wakari Hospitals will continue running all essential, non-deferrable hospital and community services.
Elective and outpatient clinics, as well as all other services, at Christchurch Hospital were running normally this morning, but could change, a hospital spokesperson said.
Power: About 2000 households are without power, with the majority of those being in South Taranaki and a few in rural Wanganui, Manawatu and Wairarapa.
Powerco network operations manager Phil Marsh said power would be restored to about 1500 customers by tonight, but some areas would remain without supply overnight: Strathmore, Tangahoe Valley, Waitotara Valley, Patea, Ahu Ahu Valley, and Waverley.
"We understand how difficult it is for people to be without power in this cold weather, and we’re doing everything we can to get the supply back."
Marsh said it was likely there would be more power cuts tomorrow.
An Orion spokeswoman said about a hundred customers were without power in the Christchurch suburbs of Sumner, Tai Tapu and Springston. Orion was working on restoring power as soon as possible.
Courts: Christchurch courts are closed today, except for essential services.
There will be a court session held at the Christchurch Central Police Station to deal with the cases of people who have been recently arrested. They will be brought before a judge to decide on remand dates and whether they should be released on bail.
Other courts were due to be held today in places such as the Nga Hau a Wh marae, the Rangiora Court House, and Christchurch Men's Prison, but those sessions will not be going ahead.
Communications: Telecom said a technical issue may have caused connectivity issues for some customers using mobile data and SMS, and some residential broadband services today.
Mobile data and SMS services were intermittently affected from around 12.30pm today. XT voice has been working as normal.
Some Telecom residential broadband customers also experienced intermittent connectivity issues early this afternoon. Service was restored progressively from 1.30pm.
Any customers still experiencing connectivity issues should try restarting their handsets or modems.