Weather: Wet, wild, grey day across New Zealand

Wild weather in the Far North is causing power cuts, flooding and school closures.

More than 142 properties in Kaitaia are off the grid, as well as 15 in Honeymoon Valley.

Crews from lines company Top Energy are out inspecting damage - much of which is caused by trees falling on lines.

Both Peria School, east of Kaitaia, and Kaeo School near Whangaroa were also forced to close for the day, with buses unable to run.

Thursday morning:

Northland and the Far North have a history of flooding. In 2007 flooding caused millions of dollars in damage, and cut-off communities. 

Many Northland residents have shared images online of flooding in the area. Kaitaia man Daniel Parker filmed the extent of the flooding with a drone.

Auckland is forecast to see some heavy rain and northeasterly gales gusting up to 90 km/h in places, MetService says.

"Any thunderstorms that eventuate are likely to be accompanied by localised heavy rain with intensities of 10 to 25mm per hour and strong wind gusts of 90 to 110 km/h," MetService says.

"Close to eastern coasts there is also a very low risk of one or two small tornadoes associated with any thunderstorms."

On the South Island's West Coast the heaviest rain will fall in Westland, south of the glaciers, which could see 80 to 110mm.

Bay of Plenty and northern Gisborne are also forecast for heavy falls.

Auckland's Gulf Harbour ferry service has been replaced by buses due to the windy weather.