Auckland: Apna Punjab Media: The wild weather caused problems in Auckland on Wednesday morning with lane closures occurring twice on the Harbour Bridge.
It comes as Auckland, Great Barrier Island and the Coromandel Peninsula will be under a strong wind watch from 12pm until at least 9pm on Wednesday.
MetService warns west to southwest winds may approach severe gale in exposed places.
Waka Kotahi said speed restrictions are in place but all lanes are open after they were briefly enforced earlier on Wednesday morning.
Lane reductions were temporarily put in place just after 6am, then again at 9:25am and for a third time at 12:55pm. All three only lasted for between 10-15 minutes.
Due to predicted strong wind gusts Auckland Harbour Bridge will be operating with four lanes in each direction during this evening’s peak travel period. Take extra care especially if you are in a lighter or high-sided vehicle,” Waka Kotahi said in an update at 1:20pm.
Auckland Transport also announced several ferry services have been cancelled on Wednesday afternoon.
Taxis will operate for two Birkenhead ferry services as well as two Bayswater crossings. Two ferry services between downtown Auckland and Gulf Harbour have also been cancelled.
Further south, large swells in the Capital have forced the Interislander and the Bluebridge Cook Strait ferries to be cancelled on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.
The Interislander has cancelled the 3:45pm and 8:35pm Aratere sailings and the 8:30pm Kaitaki sailing on Wednesday. The 2:30am sailing on Thursday morning has also been cancelled.