Earthquake hits Bay of Plenty, felt throughout North Island

A magnitude 5.5 quake caused some late night rumbles for the North Island on Tuesday.

GeoNet says the quake struck about 10:50pm, 30km east of Tauranga at a depth of 250km.

Seismologists say the shaking was weak or light but reports indicate it was felt throughout the North Island and even at the top of the South.

More than 11,000 people reported feeling the quake on GeoNet's website.

"The house was rocking and shuddering," one person said on Twitter.

"Quite the rumble," another wrote.