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Heavy snowfall closes major roads

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/07/2016

Snow has crossed major NZ roads © Getty Images Snow has crossed major NZ roads Heavy snowfall across the country has closed three major roads.

State Highway One - Desert Road - is blocked between Waiouru and Rangipo, just south of Turangi.

Motorists are being diverted via SH4, adding an extra 40 minutes to their trip.

In the South Island, Haast Pass is closed due to snow, while Milford Sound is inaccessible from Te Anau.

The NZ Transport Agency says avalanche control and snow clearing is underway along the 120km stretch to Milford Sound.

Chains are essential for those crossing passes between Christchurch and Greymouth, the agency has also warned.

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