Photos: Snow transforms parts of South Island into winter wonderland

Source: 1News

Thousands across the country have woken up to chilly temperatures as a polar blast makes its way up Aotearoa. 

Spectacular snowy scenes in the South Island.

Breakfast viewers in Queenstown, Wanaka and Te Anau sent in footage of spectacular snowy scenes this morning.

Meanwhile, in Christchurch, snow has fallen to sea level. 

Further north, snow fell in the Wellington suburb of Johnsonville.

A heavy snow watch is in place for the Canterbury Plains, Otago, Christchurch and Southland. 

In Stoneburn Station in Nenthorn Valley, Otago, Janey Monk told 1 NEWS more than 0.5 metres of snow had fallen in some places.  

In Fiordland, south of Charles Sound, and in Southland north of Nightcaps and east of Wyndham and Dunedin, snow is falling down to 100 metres and will be heavy at times today. 

Snow accumulations may approach warning amounts above 200 metres.

A road snowfall warning has also been issued for the Napier-Taupo Road, Desert Road, Remutaka Hill Road, Lindis Pass, Crown Range Road, Milford Road and the Dunedin to Waitati Highway. 

A full list of road closures and warnings can be found on the Waka Kotahi NZTA website .