Many parts of the country are in for a second day of stormy weather with a continued risk of severe gales, heavy rain and coastal flooding.
The storm, which battered parts of the upper and central North Island on Thursday, was about halfway through, MetService duty forecaster Heath Gullery said early on Friday.
Gusts could get into the 120-130kmh range.
The deep low bringing the stormy weather was to the west of Auckland around 5am on Friday.Then from Friday night into Saturday morning southerly gales were expected for central New Zealand between Canterbury and Wairarapa, Gullery said.
“It’s forecast to track across the central North Island, and should be lying somewhere to the east of Wairarapa and Hawke’s Bay tonight,” Gullery said.
Early on Friday the heavy rain band was mostly focused around the Tararua Range, Marlborough and Nelson.
FRIDAY DAMAGE: SH1 NEAR KAIKŌURA CLOSED, SH2 IN BOP CLOSED
A main highway in the Bay of Plenty reopened about three hours after it was closed by a large slip.
State Highway 2, that runs through the Waioeka Gorge to Gisborne, closed around 6.30am.
SH35 east of Opotiki was the alternative route, however, there was also a slip blocking a lane on that highway.
Further south, an overnight downpour has forced the closure of State Highway 1 to Kaikōura until further notice.
Drivers planning a trip to the seaside town via SH1 on Friday will need to change their plans as the road north and south of Kaikōura has been closed.
Motorists will need to take the alternate route via SH 63, 6, 65 and 7 through the Lewis Pass
* According to NIWA, since 9am Thursday, 41mm of rain fell in Auckland – more than the total amount of rain in November and December combined.
* State Highway 25 between Thames and Manaia is closed due to slips and rock falls.
* The overnight downpour has forced the closure of State Highway 1 to Kaikōura until further notice.
* Part of Auckland’s Tamaki Drive has been closed due to water spilling on the road.
* People in low-laying parts of the Firth of Thames are being told to urgently self-evacuate.
* MetService expect the worst of the severe weather to be over by midday tomorrow.
* Tongariro, Mt Taranaki, Marlborough and the Tararua Range are expected to see the heaviest rain throughout Friday.