Traffic was bumper to bumper down the port road to Aramoana yesterday afternoon, to watch the giant cruise ship arrive. It was spending an unplanned night in Dunedin, after forecast bad weather changed its schedule.
Ovation is the largest cruise ship to come to New Zealand. It arrived in Dunedin about 3.30 p.m., rather than this morning, meaning the city hosted close to 5000 passengers yesterday.
Dunedin should expect heavy rain and cold southwesterly winds, with a chance of severe gales today in exposed places. Central Otago should expect hail and a change to cold southerly winds, briefly rising to gale in exposed places.