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Snow bunnies hit the slopes in Queenstown's "best conditions in years"

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Snow bunnies were out in force around Queenstown on Sunday in what has been described as the best conditions in recent memory.

More than 6000 people tripped to The Remarkables over the weekend, with the combination of Australian and New Zealand school holidays making for a busy day.


Australia: Blizzards, gale-force winds, heavy rain continue

The cold snap that brought blizzards, snow, gale-force winds and heavy rain across parts of continental Australia over the weekend is set to continue well into the week.

A major cold front has with good snow falls recorded in the Alpine region and a light dusting in the Central Tablelands.


Canterbury motorists urged to take care on icy roads

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Motorists in the Canterbury area are being urged to take extreme care on frosty roads this morning.

Senior Sergeant Vaughn Lapslie said ice began to form on roads across the district last night, and remained "treacherous" this morning.

He said motorists should keep in mind that black ice was often very difficult to see.


Australia: Freezing, stormy weather continues

Blizzards, snow, gale-force winds and heavy rain continue to plummet across continental Australia damaging houses while Tasmania enjoys "relatively mild" winter temperatures.

Victorians could expect blizzard conditions, with strong winds, heavy rain and snowfall in the next 24 hours, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) warned.


NEW POLL: How are we doing forecasting snow?

Many parts of New Zealand have had their fair share of snow this winter, both north and south, and temperatures have stayed low, bringing frosts and freezing rains too.

Given the conditions recently, we wanted to get your feedback on how we're doing with predicting snowfall - whether we're getting things right or need to improve - because your support is what keeps us going!


Week in Weather: What's Been Making Headlines this Week

It's been another chilly week - with more snow, more frosts and more low, low temperatures around both islands of New Zealand - creating transport issues and some great photo ops!

We'll start off with a look back at June - a record breaking June no less - a month where all three of rain, wind and snow caused problems around the country - along with the coldest temperature recorded in mo


PHOTOS - Rare Heavy Snow around Gisborne

Check out some pictures sent into us from a farm on Riverside Road, in Gisborne - taken the morning of some rare and heavy snow in the North Island.

Locals have told WeatherWatch.co.nz this week that localised snowfall up the east coast of the North Island has been the heaviest and lowest in 30 to 60 years.


A sunnier weekend coming - Friday's Weather Video

Most of New Zealand is in for a calmer, sunnier weekend – with frosty nights and slightly milder days.

A large high will cross the country this Friday to Monday.

A few lingering showers may affect coastal parts of Hawkes Bay and Gisborne until Monday, but mainly dry weather is still expected there.


UPDATE: Cold weather moves north; closes roads (+ VIDEO)

The chilly weather has moved north this morning.

Winter is gripping not just the traditional snow spots around the Central Plateau, but has frozen the usually balmy Gisborne.

Road Closures: 10 July 2015


Sunnier weather heading into the weekend

It's still looking cold in parts of the country on Friday - but we're seeing a pattern of sunnier, warmer weather heading into the weekend!

A ridge over the lower South Island pushes onto the upper part of the Island in the afternoon, bringing progressively sunnier weather - though it also means a frosty morning ahead!