The rancid smoke first emerged in the nation early Wednesday when, depending on the thickness of the cloud, the sun appeared in many places as either a red or golden sphere.
“Smoke which has traveled around 2,000km across the Tasman Sea can clearly be seen,” New Zealand’s official forecaster MetService tweeted.
“Visibility in the smoke haze is as low as 10km in the worst affected areas.”
A Twitter user called Miss Roho tweeted: “We can actually smell the burning here in Christchurch.”
Another woman, Rachel, posted a photograph of the Franz Josef Glacier, more than 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles) away, taking on a brown hue with the glacier’s normal pure white.
“Near the Glacier of Franz Josef. Dust from the bushfires is causing the caramelized snow. Yesterday it was dry,” she said in a Wednesday update.
Comedian Jemaine Clement posted a photo of a golden orb.
“All the way over in NZ the Australian bushfire smoke in the atmosphere giving us this strange sun,” he said.