I've just returned from a week at Ohope Beach (three swims). Ohope Beach has been voted New Zealand's Best Loved Beach.
I returned this afternoon via The Desert Road. I started along the road at noon in pouring rain. The rain turned to hail, then sleet, then light snow flurries (snow flurries? The Desert Road? Oh well, it is right next to three snow-capped mountains). I emerged from the road into the sun.
I got home at 4 30 to hear that the Desert Road was closed because of the snow.
Above picture of this afternoon's Desert Road, taken from www.stuff.co.nz