5 Mar 2014

Storm disrupts Wellington ferry travel

10:19 pm on 5 March 2014

Severe weather has forced the cancellation of InterIslander and Bluebridge ferry sailings across Cook Strait.

A fierce southerly storm that had pummelled Christchurch and surrounding areas for 24 hours moved northwards overnight on Tuesday.

Sailings were cancelled on Tuesday evening, and on Wednesday Bluebridge cancelled the 8am ferry crossing from Wellington and the 8am sailing from Picton.

Interislander services leaving Wellington at 7am and Picton at 9am and 11am were also cancelled.

Heavy sea swells flung debris on the road in the Island Bay on Wellington's South Coast.

Moa Point Road, near the airport, which had been blocked by rocks and debris, re-opened about midday.

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Debris litters the road in Island Bay, Wellington. Photo: RNZ

MetService said the weather system wind and rain was likely to ease off on Wednesday as the storm moved to the east of the country.