New Zealand faces a miserable end to the school holidays, with multiple rainy days forecast ahead.
"A weak low and a cold front are slowly moving up the country this long weekend bringing rain or showers into every part of the country but the totals do vary, even within regions," Weather Watch says.
"The bulk of the rain will be falling on the western side of the nation but the upper South Island and central North Island are also likely to get some heavier falls."
A severe weather watch has been issued by MetService for Westland, and parts of the North Island from Waitomo to Wellington. Heavy rain could also strike Canterbury south of Christchurch.
The rainy weather is predicted to continue during the second week of the holidays.
MetService says a weak front moves northeast across the lower South Island on Tuesday and onto the North Island during Wednesday.
And forecast maps show a front moving up the country on Thursday, with rain expected on the west coast of both Islands from Anzac Day on Thursday to Monday, April 29.