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Large waves cancel Cook Strait ferries

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/05/2017

Interislander ferries between Wellington and Picton have been cancelled until Sunday evening as huge waves sweep Cook Strait.

MetService meterologist Tom Adams says the average wave height just off the Wellington coast was about 5.5m at 10.20am on Sunday, although waves as big as 11.4m had been recorded overnight.

"The average wave height has oscillated between five and six metres but there are some big waves in the mix, which is why it is deemed unsafe to run the ferries right now," he said.

Ferries leaving Wellington and Picton have been cancelled up until 6.45pm on Sunday, according to the Interislander website.

The first service scheduled to resume is the 8pm ferry leaving Wellington.

Mr Adams said while the southerly wind hitting Wellington was not the strongest, it had been able to create huge swells because it had blown uninterrupted.

"That wind has been blowing over the ocean for a good long time and it is this that has built up this large swell," he said.

Mr Adams also warned there was a risk some roads on the south coast of the North Island near Wellington could be inundated by large waves at high tide around midday on Sunday.

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