Predicted heavy rain and snow is closing roads and forcing flight cancellations as a wintry blast continues to hammer the South.
Heavy rain and high winds look set to batter parts of New Zealand later today, and the weather is forecast to worsen as the week wears on.
Brace yourselves - snow is coming. Residents across Otago and Southland would be wise to stock up on firewood, dust off their winter woollies and have hot-water bottles at the ready.
A southerly change is set to hit the country over the weekend which could drop temperatures by nearly 10C in some centres, compared to last weekend.
Farmers are being cautioned to prepare contingency plans amid early signs of a large El Nino climate event this year.
Cyclone Ita may have blown out of steam but the long weekend is set to stay wet or showery for large parts of the country until tomorrow.
The remnants of Tropical Cyclone Lusi are on track to hit New Zealand this weekend, forecasters say, with the North Island likely to bear the brunt of the storm.
The Easter Bunny may need to forgo the garden this weekend and hide its eggs inside the house, as wet weather settles in over much of the country.
Dunedin was the coolest and cloudiest of New Zealand's main centres for March, while Christchurch was the wettest.
It could be time to unfurl the brolly and dig out the raincoat from the back of the wardrobe as rain looks set to hit much of the country this weekend.
Winemakers, wedding celebrants and outdoor enthusiasts are rushing to rearrange plans for the weekend, with the remnants of Tropical Cyclone Lusi expected to bear down on the upper North Island.
An increasing trend towards more westerly weather patterns along Otago's coast does not bode well for future warm summers, climate scientist Jim Salinger says.
In nearly 40 years of measuring the weather at his Balaclava home, John Bradley has never seen a summer quite like it.
''A more traditional summer'' is how Otago Federated Farmers president Stephen Korteweg describes the season.
Ask anyone and they will tell you Otago's had a lousy summer - even the experts. With the official summer season ending yesterday, Rebecca Fox seeks the truth behind the perceptions.
February's outlook is for warm sunny weather, and hot temperatures in some places, but the summer weather might be short-lived.
Summer is finally coming back to most parts of country with long, hot afternoons forecast and little rain for farmers.
Wild winds brought by ex-Cyclone June which crashed into the top of the North Island yesterday has calmed but delivered a final blow to an Auckland property this morning - bringing a tree down on a house and car.
The weather will take a turn for the worse with the remnants of Cyclone June bearing down on the country.