Weather: Photos, videos show severe downpours, thunderstorms ripping across North Island

Related video: Adam Graham in Canterbury is choppered in to reach his tractor. Credit: Images - NZTA;Facebook/Wellington Live; Video - Supplied/Adam Graham

Atrocious weather has struck the lower North Island, following intense downpours causing severe flooding, bridge washouts and slips in some South Island regions.

Part of State Highway 58 near Porirua is closed following heavy rain there, and there are power outages in nearby Tirau Bay and Plimmerton.

The wastewater treatment plant has overflowed, according to Mayor Anita Barker.

Flooding at the Plimmerton roundabout, near Porirua. Photo credit: Facebook/Wellington Live
The heavy rained caused the new seal on State Highway 58 to lift. Photo credit: Facebook/Wellington Live


On the South Island's West Coast, there is now limited access to parts of State Highway 6.

The road from Wanaka to Haast will be open to one lane until 4pm, and essential vehicles - including residents' cars - will be allowed from Hokitika to Harihari.

Rain caused slips south of Harihari. Photo credit: Newshub


People in the Timaru district face another day of being stranded, as the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) waits for water to recede before tackling bridge repairs.

The Rangitata River has submerged part of State Highway 1 as well as the alternative, inland route. 

NZTA spokesperson Pete Connors said they're likely to stay shut for at least another 36 hours.

Downer contractor Carl Hamilton checks the northern Rangitata bridge with the help of colleague Flea, a 6-year-old Jack Russell-Cairn terrier cross Photo credit: Newshub


Sandbags were stacked around Queenstown's Lake Wakatipu shoreline to help prevent flooding from rising water level concerns.

Sandbags stacked along Queenstown's Lake Wakatipu shoreline. Photo credit: Newshub
Ducks on Lake Wakatipu. Photo credit: Newshub

Lake Wanaka's water level also rose, and the famous tree in the lake was covered in more water than normal.

Lake Wanaka's famous tree. Photo credit: Supplied/Amy Fleming
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