Snowmaking leads to historic opening tomorrow

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Ski area staff were delighted to be told yesterday that The Remarkables ski area in Queenstown will open at 9am on Saturday (July 2) for the 2011 winter season.

Ash cloud remains at "safe level for flying"

Filed in: head weather analyst Philip Duncan says the ash cloud over the South Island today remains at perfectly safe levels for flying, despite Qantas and JetStar again claiming safety reasons for cancelling flights.

Air New Zealand is continuing to operate all domestic and transtrasman flights as per schedule.

Coronet Peak opens today thanks to 211 snowguns

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Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area will open for the 2011 winter season today thanks to snowmaking and grooming teams.

The ski area will open today at 9am with limited beginner, novice and intermediate terrain available.

Video: Ash cloud latest, plus wintry weather update

Filed in: and Philip Duncan team up to bring you the latest forecast for New Zealand as a wintry change pushes in.  We track where the rain clouds and showers are (mostly eastern areas of the North Island) and where the cold air is blowing (mostly the North Island).

Ash Cloud returns to lower SI, flights cancelled

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Just two days after we gave the all clear for trans-Tasman flights to resume the ash cloud has reappeared and is currently clipping the lower South Island.

The incoming cloud has a base of 20,000 feet which is the same as last week. 

Ash cloud 'an excuse' - aviation analyst

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Qantas and Jetstar played the safety card in blaming ash clouds from a Chilean volcano for grounding all flights, but in reality the decision not to fly came down to earnings, an analyst says.

Air New Zealand, which continued to fly, says it is considering investing in an ash-detecting aircraft.

Ash cloud gives NZ & Aust. a breather

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The ash cloud that has disrupted tens of thousands of air travellers this month is finally taking a break from our skies for at least the next couple of days reports

Latest ash advisories from New Zealand and Australian authorities show the ash cloud giving a reasonably wide berth to the two nations for the next day or two.  

Ash cloud: Travellers face more delays

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Thousands of travellers face more disruption today after Qantas and its budget subsidiary Jetstar cancelled all flights in and out of New Zealand because of ash from the Chilean volcano.

No international or domestic Qantas or Jetstar flights will operate from New Zealand airports today.

Qantas, JetStar cancel all weekend flights

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It could be a long weekend for travellers wanting to get home as Qantas and its budget subsidiary Jetstar announce all flights in and out of New Zealand are cancelled all weekend because of ash from the Chilean volcano.

Air New Zealand maintains full schedule

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Air New Zealand passengers are the only people taking to the skies today,our national carrier is the only airline maintaining its full schedule in the face of the volcanic ash cloud from Chile.

Qantas, Jetstar and Pacific Blue have all cancelled all services to, in and from New Zealand.