Snow continues to fall in the North Island as a cold snap moves up the country.
Wild weather has brought snow to much of Otago this morning, prompting people to don the winter woollies again after some pleasant temperatures at the beginning of spring.
At the moment over New Zealand there is a strong west to northwesterly airflow and it is likely to last through to the weekend when winds change more west to southwesterly on Sunday.
Dunedin has again shown its reputation as a cold, wet and windy city is unfounded.
Several houses in northern Auckland have been flooded as heavy rain pounds much of the country this morning.
Bad weather forecast for next week will not last long and will not be as intense as recent events, MetService spokesman Dan Corbett says.
All rural roads in Waitaki are effectively off-limits to motorists today, after the Waitaki District Council issued a no non-essential travel notice.
Heavy rain resulted in a large slip that blocked one lane of Portobello Rd, near Portobello, last night.
Temperature extremes provided for a mild, dry Otago last month, and Queenstown experienced its sunniest July in about 80 years.
Drivers are being warned to take care and expect delays after steady rain overnight has caused flooding and slips in central New Zealand.
Saturated land won't have much of a chance to dry out as more heavy rain is on its way to drench the country, WeatherWatch says.
A weather system with quite a bit of punch to it will bring unsettled weather to much of the country for several days.
New Zealanders should make the most of mild weather around the country today, as forecasters are predicting conditions to take a dive by the end of the weekend.
Head weather analyst Philip Duncan says a large low off the west coast of the country will bring heavy rain throughout the week.
Heavy rain in Waikato and Bay of Plenty eased overnight but several roads and highways remain closed today.
Heavy fog is causing disruptions to flights in Auckland this morning.
Head weather analyst Philip Duncan says warmer weather is on the way, with the settled conditions set to continue through to next week.
New Zealand has missed a direct hit with a winter cyclone but that is no reprieve from cold, windy weather.
Most inland Otago-Southland highways hit by snowfalls have reopened after a wintry blast hit the region, cutting power and causing numerous crashes.