Travel News: Cyclone Gita May Distrupt New Zealand Flights

19 February 2018
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UPDATE 20 February 2018

Although Cyclone Gita is yet to make landfall in New Zealand, the impact of the storm is already being felt with very heavy rain falling in the areas between Wellington in the North Island and Kaikoura in the South Island.

  • Air New Zealand (NZ) has cancelled all flights in and out of Wellington from 2.45pm until midnight Tuesday (local time).
  • NZ is also cancelling all services in and out of Hokitika (from the end of the day), Nelson (from noon) as well as New Plymouth and Queenstown (from noon).
  • Jetstar (JQ) expects flight disruptions at a number of New Zealand airports.
  • The TranzAlpine rail service (between Christchurch and Greymouth) has been cancelled for Tuesday and Wednesday. 
  • State highway 1 north and south of Kaikoura (coastal road) has been closed although the inland route remains open.
People in the affected areas are advised to remain indoors and away from the coast.  In the Marlborough region people on boats and those camping have been told to leave immediately.
 
All customers should follow the direction of local authorities and where possible stay off the roads.  Landslides, along with road closures could see people stuck.
 
Gita is expected to make landfall tonight (local time) in the north west of the South Island with the West Coast bearing much of the brunt of the storm.
 
If you have any questions about your flights to and from the region or accommodation, please call your Flight Centre Travel Expert. You can also consult the website of your air carrier directly for their updates.

After battering Samoa and Tonga then skirting Fiji, Cyclone Gita is on track to reach New Zealand on Tuesday evening, 20 February. Heavy rain and strong winds are expected over parts of New Zealand from Tuesday morning, as the country braces for the oncoming cyclone.

It is anticipated that there will be disruptions to air travel over parts of the country from tomorrow.

Gita is expected to make landfall in the north west of the South Island of New Zealand as an 'ex tropical storm'.

Warnings are in place for winds of up to 150 km per hour, high seas, heavy rain and flooding. Heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly. Surface flooding and slips are also possible and driving conditions may be hazardous. Strong wind gusts could damage trees, powerlines and unsecured structures.

Areas that may be affected: Taranaki, Taihape, Whanganui, Nelson, Buller, Marlborough, Westland, the Cantebury High Country and foothills.

If you have any questions about your flights to and from the region or accommodation, please call our 24/7 customer service team for emergency global assistance on +61 7 3170 7840. You can also consult the website of your air carrier directly for their updates.

People in the affected areas are advised to remain indoors and away from the coast.  In the Marlborough region people on boats and those camping have been told to leave immediately.
 
All customers should follow the direction of local authorities and where possible stay off the roads.  Landslides, along with road closures could see people stuck.
 
Gita is expected to make landfall tonight (local time) in the north west of the South Island with the West Coast bearing much of the brunt of the storm.

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