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The Haast highway (SH6) between Harihari and Whataroa is scheduled for reopening today and is welcome news for businesses, says Development West Coast.
Wakatipu and Wānaka lake levels have continued to recede, allowing Queenstown Lakes District Council to continue clean-up efforts across the district and particularly in the Wānaka CBD.
West Coast tourism operators have welcomed the announcement that State Highway 6 from Whataroa – located north of Franz Josef – right through to Wanaka will re-open tomorrow.
Operators returning to ‘business as usual’ as police convoy escorts visitors from Fox, Franz air evacuations continue and timeline for re-opening of southern portion of SH6 emerges.
Operators rally to fly trapped tourists out of isolated areas after wild weather severs road connections.
A deluge across the south has seen lakefront businesses in Wanaka and Queenstown shore up defences against rising waters.
Wanaka businesses along its lakefront have been shoring up defences as more rain falls on the already-drenched town.
Queenstown Lakes District Council’s harbour master Marty Black is advising boats to stay off lakes and rivers as lake levels remain high, with strong winds adding further risk to the region.
Cardrona Alpine Resort near Wanaka has postponed its summer opening after a dump of snow this week.
A $41,000 targeted marketing campaign to attract visitors back to the West Coast for Easter is being launched.
There are fears access through the West Coast touring route will become more challenging.
Rains has delayed the reopening of South Westland’s Waiho Bailey bridge until the weekend, says the NZ Transport Agency.
Ashley Cassin, business manager at Glacier Hot Pools Franz Josef, on how the washout of Waiho Bridge on the West Coast is affecting operators.
It is not just lower South Island operators having to contend with an unseasonable bout of winter weather, which has seen snow cover the Southern Alps and flooding affect Otago’s east coast.
Tourism and transport businesses across Auckland continue to be severely affected by a destructive storm that has battered parts of the North Island.
Air New Zealand has cancelled a number of services scheduled for this afternoon as former Cyclone Gita approaches and weather conditions are forecast to deteriorate.
The record number of dry days* in a row recorded at Christchurch Airport was 45 days and this was seen during September/October 1954.
Holiday-makers can return to Hauraki and Thames Coromandel districts after cyclone Cook passed the east of the Coromandel Peninsula without making landfall.
Operators in the Thames-Coromandel and Bay of Plenty regions are preparing for the worse as Cyclone Cook lashes the North Island today.
The Coromandel and Bay of Plenty regions are battening down the hatches again as MetService issues another heavy rain warning.