Around 120 people trapped by Whanganui slips

Guests at a Ruapehu lodge are being evacuated following heavy rain that has "destroyed" the access road.

Civil Defence says that 14 of the most vulnerable people were evacuated from Blue Duck Lodge at Whakahoro on Thursday night with the remaining 100 or so guests to be evacuated on Friday.

Ruapehu emergency management officer Nick Watson says the road to the lodge has been "destroyed" with the machines sent to clear the slips now stuck after more hillside came down on them.

Mr Watson said they were still working out the logistics of how to evacuate the remaining guests who would likely be flown out by helicopter and transferred to buses.

The damaged road would likely take at least a week to repair, he said.

Water tanks were being brought in.

Two farms were also affected by the slips blocking road access and council would be supporting them, Mr Watson said.

East coast also hit hard

Whanganui's is not the only region that's been beaten by bad weather. The east coast took a lashing yesterday - and MetService meteorologist Stephen Glassey says Napier's in for short and sharp bursts.

"We've had some heavy rain overnight in the Tarirua district in southern Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa," Ms Glassey told Newshub.

"That's now moving into the remainder of Hawke's Bay and up into Gisborne."

The low-pressure front will continue until early Friday afternoon. MetService warns surface flooding and slips are possible.

NZN / Newhsub.