Extreme weather in lower South Island limits mail delivery

25 July 2011

People living in the lower South Island, from Oamaru down, have one less reason to venture outside in today's icy weather - with confirmation from New Zealand Post that mail deliveries will be postponed across the region.

Ice and snow have rendered local roads dangerous, and most forms of mail delivery have been cancelled for the day. Extreme roading conditions have also prevented many New Zealand Post mail-sorting staff from attending work, so the sorting of mail will also be limited today. This will result in some delay in the days ahead for mail from the lower South Island reaching other parts of the country.

In terms of the major centres, there will be no postie, courier or rural mail deliveries today in Oamaru, Alexandra, Balclutha, Clinton, Cromwell, Gore, Palmerston and Wanaka.

In Dunedin there will be no postie or rural deliveries today, however some courier deliveries will be possible. Mail has been delivered to the three major box lobbies in Dunedin. At present there is no road transport able to get into Dunedin from the north or south, so New Zealand Post is unable to dispatch to smaller sites north or south of Dunedin.

Invercargill will have limited courier and rural post deliveries today, Posties will be out delivering to some areas, but only where it is safe to do so.

And in Queenstown postie and rural delivery services have been cancelled for the day. Courier deliveries are not happening this morning, but this may be revisited if the Lindis Pass becomes passable.

New Zealand Post regrets any inconvenience.