WELLINGTON, April 12 - All 57 schools and about 80 early learning centres have been contacted and advised to close on Thursday.

In total 94 schools and 129 early childhood centres (ECEs) have been advised to close on Thursday,

In addition to the Bay of Plenty, another 13 schools and 16 early learning centres on Great Barrier Island, Waiheke and in the Franklin area, and a further 24 schools and 33 ECEs in Thames and Coromandel have also been contacted and advised to close on Thursday.

This means they will all be closed until the end of the school holidays.

"We did not take this decision lightly but with weather conditions set to continue, concerns are centred around the ability for students to make it safely to and from school," Ministry of Education's deputy secretary of Sector Enablement and Support Katrina Casey said.