Wellington and New Plymouth have been shaken by early morning earthquakes.
At 6:29am on Wednesday, a 4.3 magnitude earthquake struck 30km north-west of Levin at a depth of 30km. More than 2000 people reported feeling that quake, with most located in Wellington and on the Kapiti Coast.
Less than an hour earlier, at 5:36am, a 3.6 magnitude earthquake hit 5km north-west of New Plymouth. It struck at a depth of 12km and has been described as "moderate" by GeoNet.
Within minutes of that quake, 1844 people had reported feeling it. Most said it was "light" while some described it as strong.
"Yep, sharp jolt that. I was awake and wondered what the hell was that. Didn’t last long," one person said online.
"That was a sudden and sharp jolt to start the day," said another.
At 6:12am, there was a weak 2.3 magnitude earthquake in the same area.