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Weather forces Interislander cancellations

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/06/2017

The Interislander won't be operating for two days due to "exceptionally poor" sea conditions.

In a statement on its website, the company said conditions in the Cook Straight from the evening of 8.30pm on Tuesday until at least Thursday morning mean the boats will be unable to travel safely.

Bookings through to Friday are suspended, but sailing is hoped to resume on Thursday.

Other parts of the country aren't in for smooth sailing either, with parts forecasted for a blasting of snow, as icy road warnings in place.

Motorists are being urged to show caution on Milford Road, Dunedin Waitati Highway, Haast Pass, Arthurs Pass, Lindis Pass, Lewis Pass and the Desert Road late Tuesday night and on Wednesday morning.

Some snow fell overnight on Monday, and Gore was one of the southern towns to be hit by the cold snap, but MetService say it's nothing compared to the polar blast in early May.

Snow was seen on the Crown Range earlier on Tuesday, the Queenstown Lakes District Council said, and motorists are being told to carry chains.

State Highway 87 from Outram to Kyeburn is only open to four-wheel-drive vehicles due to snow, the New Zealand Transport Authority says.

Spectators at the Lions verses Highlanders match at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on Tuesday night are being told to rug up warm and take a rain coat, as strong rain and winds are expected.

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