By Tita Smith For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 00:09 GMT, 7 January 2020 | Updated: 00:12 GMT, 7 January 2020
Smoke from Australia's bushfires has drifted 2,000km across the Tasman Sea, shrouding New Zealand.
The thick haze - which has now reached as far as Chile - was captured by a NASA satellite.
The smoke turned New Zealand's skies a worrying orange colour, prompting some Kiwis to call the police to report the strange phenomenon, and covered glaciers in a layer of ash, soot and dust.
Smoke from Australia's bushfires has drifted 2,000km across the Tasman Sea, shrouding New Zealand. Smoke is seen travelling north of New Zealand in this NASA satellite image
A geo-map from January 1 shows a current of smoke flowing from before travelling across the Pacific Ocean to Chile and Argentina
New Zealand's prime minister Jacinda Ardern was among those who noticed the orange skies.
Posting a photo on Instagram, she wrote: 'Even before we saw the smoke from fires across the ditch, I know we were already thinking of our friends and neighbours in Australia.
'It's been devastating to watch from afar, I can only imagine what it feels like to experience it directly.'
The latest plume is now bound