Hawke's Bay, Taupo residents warned to stay indoors

Stormy weather (Getty)
Stormy weather (Getty)

Hawke's Bay and Taupo residents are being urged to stay indoors and avoid unnecessary travel as wet and snowy weather causes havoc in the region.

Some areas are without power - mostly in rural areas.

Flooding, mud slides and heavy snow has also closed roads including State Highway Two from Napier to Wairoa and the Napier - Taupo highway.

Civil Defence Controller, Ian MacDonald, says roads are treacherous: "There's a bit of wind about, and it's also raining - and on top of that we've had a number of power outages, which has affected the lights."

Mr MacDonald encourages people to check on any vulnerable members of their family - especially elderly people living on their own.