Flights, Interislander sailings canceled as wild weather strikes North Island

Flights from North Island airports were hit by cancellations on Sunday morning as the remnants of Tropical Cyclone Dovi crossed the North Island.

In Wellington, 25 flights due to depart on Sunday morning were cancelled, with the stormy weather causing an equipment outage at the airport. Sounds Air said its services to and from Wellington Airport would be disrupted due to the outage and bad weather.

”At this stage, Sounds Air flights cannot commence until the equipment is fixed, or the weather improves,” the airline said in a Facebook post.

Airways, the country’s air traffic controller, confirmed the remnants of Cyclone Dovi had caused a “weather-related technical issue” with its Instrument Landing System at Wellington Airport.

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The system helped some aircraft, mainly turbo-prop, to land in poor weather, an Airways spokeswoman said. Technicians were trying to restore services as quickly as possible, but some flights into Wellington were affected.

In Auckland, 21 arrivals and 21 departures were canceled due to high winds at either Auckland Airport or the flight’s destination or origin, an airport spokeswoman said. Travelers were advised to contact their airline if they were unsure about the status of their flight.

Flights from North Island airports were hit by cancellations on Sunday morning.

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Flights from North Island airports were hit by cancellations on Sunday morning.

Two flights to Wellington from Christchurch were cancelled.

The weather caused problems across the North Island. High winds closed Auckland Harbor Bridge about 9.30am, and slips blocked roads and downed trees in Wellington.

State Highway 1 between Kaikoura and Waipara was also closed due to a slip. Ferry sailings were disrupted in Auckland, and the Interislander sailings were cancelled.

Forecasts for wind over 100 kilometers per hour and five meter swells made it unsafe to sail, according to a service alert on the Interislander website.

Waves crash over the breakwater at Port Taranaki.


Waves crash over the breakwater at Port Taranaki.

“We are reviewing forecasts regularly but at this stage we are not opening Monday morning sailings for bookings. We will have a backlog of passengers and vehicles, and you may want to delay your travel until later in the week if you can.

“We apologise for this disruption.”

Auckland ferries were also canceled due to the weather. Fullers advised customers of disruptions to all its services on Sunday.

Fullers canceled its service to Rangitoto Island, and sailings to Orapiu at Waiheke Island, and Rotoroa Island. The Auckland to Coromandel ferry service was replaced by a bus.

Sealink canceled its sailings to Great Barrier Island, and sailings to Waiheke Island on Sunday morning.

In Northland, the Hokianga vehicle ferry from Rawene was suspended until further notice due to high winds.

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