Wellington winds cause flight delays

A handful of flights scheduled to land at Wellington Airport this afternoon were cancelled or diverted as high winds battered the capital.

Winds gusting 140kmh were forecast to hit Wellington today, causing some bumpy landings at the airport.

A flight from Blenheim, scheduled to land at 1.50pm, was cancelled due to the weather, and a 2.50pm flight from Gisborne was diverted to Palmerston North because of the winds.

One flight had to turn back to Auckland after it was not able to land due to the wind, an airport spokeswoman said.

However, most flights were running as scheduled.