Wellington Scoop

70 Metlink buses cancelled in four hours; slips, flooding and gales

Metlink cancelled more than 70 scheduled bus services between 3pm and 7pm this afternoon. No reason was given for the high number of cancellations.

RNZ reports that two Cook Strait ferry crossings were cancelled due to the weather, with MetService issuing a severe wind warning. The 1.30pm Bluebridge ferry sailing from Wellington, and a 2pm Bluebridge sailing from Picton were cancelled.

Winds up to 160km/h were recorded on one Cook Strait sailing this afternoon. An Interislander ferry general manager said one sailing this afternoon was delayed an hour, but other sailings had gone ahead as planned.

Hutt City Council spokesperson Colin Lunn said there were slips on Coast Road, which heads out to the Remutaka Forest Park, and along Eastbourne’s Marine Drive. Contractors were clearing flooded areas.

Services on the Kāpiti Line were suspended between Plimmerton and Waikanae this morning because of a slip north of Plimmerton. The slip had been cleared and services had resumed by 11a.m.

Earlier this morning, slips closed the Remutaka Hill Road, but it was reopened after a few hours.

An early morning crash at 5am closed southbound lanes on the motorway into Wellington; they were reopened after an hour.

The 8.55am ferry from Queens Wharf and the 9.20am from Days Bay were cancelled because of worsening weather.

In the Wairarapa, flooding was reported on SH53 near Martinborough. The Waihenga River bridge remained closed this evening because of rising river levels. [It reopened at noon on Tuesday.]

NZTA warned motorists to take extra care on the roads in Martinborough and other parts of South Wairarapa.


  1. Steve Biddle, 21. June 2021, 18:45

    Thoughts and prayers for anybody catching a bus in Wellington this evening. [via twitter]

  2. Peter B, 22. June 2021, 8:12

    When will the Regional Council function and provide a direct bus service from Wellington railway station direct to Wellington Airport. We are a capital city, not a third rate town.

  3. Joel MacManus, 22. June 2021, 8:49

    I counted 129 cancelled buses in yesterday’s evening peak alone. This is getting ridiculous. [via twitter]