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Takaka Hill (road to Golden Bay) re-opens to essential travel

Takaka Hill (road to Golden Bay) re-opens to essential travel

Feb 24th, 2018, 04:20 PM
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Takaka Hill (road to Golden Bay) re-opens to essential travel

This is an update to Tasmangirl's Cyclone Gita posting of a few days ago. Takaka Hill (the road to Golden Bay) has partially re-opened to essential traffic.
Here's a link to the original posting by Tasmangirl:
Cyclone Gita

SH1, the coastal route, north and south of Kaikoura, is also expected to be closed for a few more days:

There's another storm moving into the South Island now, so if you're headed this way please monitor road conditions and the weather as these could affect your travel plans.
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Feb 24th, 2018, 11:57 PM
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Maybe we'll be lucky and miss the worst of it. We won't be in South Island until March 8 late. Hoping for NZ that the crazy weather abates. Thx so much for the updates. I've bookmarked the sites with traffic/road conditions.
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Feb 25th, 2018, 06:21 AM
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Wow, when it rains it pours. NZ just can't catch a break.
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Feb 25th, 2018, 04:33 PM
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I'm hoping the weather will improve in March as well! In general, March weather is lovely and brings the most "settled' weather, that is, given to fewer extremes. On the East Coast, where I live, it becomes less windy

It's been a summer of extremes. Summer storms are common, but seem stronger and more extensive this year. Hundreds of tourists had to be helicoptered out of Doubtful Sound yesterday, because of a slip that blocked the road out. Trampers foolishly "attempting to cross a swollen Makarora River" near Haast Pass also had to be helicoptered out.
As an American expat living in NZ, I'm constantly impressed with how quickly and generously Kiwis--meaning, the government, private sector and volunteers--respond to such emergencies. Seems it's all hands on deck, no expenses spared to get people rescued, vital roads fixed ASAP.

Among the extremes: ​​​​​​it's been NZ's hottest summer on record:

But temperatures can drop sharply quickly. In Dunedin, where I live, over a couple of days last week daytime temperatures went from 80F (27C) degrees to 50F (10C).
Please be prepared for all kinds of weather. If you experience mainly sunny blue skies and dry weather, you can be pleasantly surprised.
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Feb 26th, 2018, 10:33 PM
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Good to know - not that I will be lucky enough to be visiting Nelson any time soon sadly. The slips looked pretty bad on the TV news and it looked like a long clean up job.
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