Drivers in the bottom of the North Island are urged to delay travel if possible until the heavy rain and strong winds have passed. High winds are especially challenging for drivers of caravans, campervans, high sided vehicles and motorbikes.
The NZ Transport Agency advises drivers of additional road closures in the North and South Islands and urges people to delay trips until the severe weather has passed. High winds mean that drivers of high-sided vehicles, towing caravans or driving campervans should stay put, well out of the wind.
The NZ Transport Agency is warning drivers around Timaru, Omarama, Kurow and Waimate to be aware that there is a charity bike ride between these towns from Thursday this week through to Saturday. As well as this three day fundraiser, there is a cycle race through the Rakaia Gorge on Saturday.
The NZ Transport Agency is advising motorists that State Highway 6 from Westport to Rapahoe (north of Greymouth) has been closed due to flooding and strong winds. The road is expected to remain closed overnight, with a further assessment to be made tomorrow morning.
An accelerated work programme is about to start at the new Kawarau Falls Bridge in Frankton, Queenstown, to get both lanes of the new State Highway 6 bridge open in May. Currently just one lane of the bridge is open to traffic.