Fire crews from Auckland and helicopters have been sent to Waiheke Island to fight a large scrub fire.
The fire, covering 12 hectares, took hold at the southern end of the island at about 1:30am, and crews have been working through the night to contain it.
A Fire Service spokesman said although the fire was near some buildings, at this stage it did not present a risk.
Though some people chose to leave their homes, out of fear the fire would jump Orapiu road.
While rain is forecast for New Year's Day, it could be more of a hindrance than a help, as it made it difficult for helicopters to fight the blaze, he said.
Deputy Principal Rural fire Officer Brandon Guttery says the wind isn't helping either.
"It's always a risk and we have two helicopters over there at the moment to help manage that risk, but any time there's strong winds around fire there are strong concerns from us."
RadioLIVE / NZN