A mid-spring freeze has hit New Zealand with sub-zero temperatures, frost and snow, hitting parts of the country this morning.
Queenstown has slipped to below freezing, with an extreme low of -0.9degrees overnight. Frosts in the area and other parts of inland South Island has made for some icy conditions on the roads.
A pilot, fighting frost near Queenstown, was seriously injured when his chopper crashed at 4.30am, just outside of Wanaka. He managed to climb out of the wreck, and was taken to a local hospital.
This morning's high was a paltry 12.4 degrees at the other end of the country - Kaitaia.
While the temperatures are expected to stay on the cooler side of spring today, after some morning showers in parts of the country, the sun is expected to shine.
Enjoy the sun when it comes out on Sunday. After early showers, long sunny spells. For the latest forecast see https://t.co/Yjbq0jfCz1 ^DH pic.twitter.com/xXqI37WTJy