There has been an early wake-up call for some living in the lower North Island.
GeoNet says at 4:37am on Wednesday morning there was a moderate 4.8 magnitude earthquake roughly 10km south-west of Dannevirke.
The quake was at a depth of 25km.
Despite it being early in the morning, nearly 3000 people have reported feeling the earthquake on the GeoNet website, with most categorising the shake as "light".
Social media quickly lit up with users reporting feeling the quake.
"Good jolt in Palmy just now. Glad our old house can sway," said one user, while another said: "Was a good jolt to wake us up!"
One person in Taihape also said they felt the earthquake.
"Good shake up Taihape way too. Hope everyone's okay closer to Dannevirke, been some good shakes over that way in past years."
There have been no reports of damage or injuries.