A solid breeze cautioning was set up for the capital just as Wairarapa, Marlborough and the Canterbury High Country, with blasts expected to arrive at 130km/h tonight.
MetService said the breeze could harm trees, powerlines and unstable designs, just as make driving risky.
In the interim, the Transport Agency cautioned drivers that Remutaka Hill street might be shut down at short notification for wellbeing.
Wet and blustery climate is normal for a large part of the country this week, with falling temperatures, weighty downpour, storms and huge waves gauge, especially in western territories of the South Island.
Otago skifields were cleaned with January snow today, ending summer exercises.