Snow affects passes to West Coast, heavy Tasman Sea swells forecast, road to Milford Sound closed all day due to snow

3 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineMay 24, 2018

Arthur‘s Pass, Otira route, SH73 today

The NZ Transport Agency advises all road users that SH6 linking the West Coast to Otago is closed this morning between Haast and Makarora due to snow. 

State Highway 73 between Canterbury and the West Coast via Porters and Arthur‘s Pass was closed briefly due to heavy snow but has reopened to vehicles with chains and no towing trucks/vehicles. Road users are advised to keep an eye on the traffic map as more snow is forecast.

The Lewis Pass route (SH7) is being closely monitored by Transport Agency road crews.

Sea swells along the Coast

Sea swells are being closely monitored on SH6, particularly north of Hokitika and around Bruce Bay in South Westland. If necessary the highway will be closed overnight if conditions worsen, says Margarita Gonzalez-Borrero, Transport Agency Maintenance Contract Manager.

  •    Please check the traffic map before heading off.
  •    High tide is around 7 pm this evening and in past coastal swells sea debris has been flung onto the highway.


  •    SH6 Cromwell to Gibbston – Area Warning – Snow – Road users are advised to take extra care.
  •    SH6 Omarama to Tarras – Area Warning – Snow – Road users are advised to take extra care.
  •    The Crown Range, managed by Queenstown Lakes District Council, between Wanaka and Queenstown, was closed this morning but due to be updated 11 am.


Southland: SH 94 Te Anau to Milford Sound closed all day, next update 7.30 am Friday 25 May

  •    SH94 Hollyford Valley Rd intersection to Chasm Stream Bridge – Snow – road closed. The road is to remain closed for the rest of today.