Earthquakes: Magnitude 6.1 quake hits off North Island, largest since Friday's 7.2 quake

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake has struck off the coast of the North Island, the largest quake to hit the area since Friday morning's 7.2 magnitude shake.

The earthquake, which has been deemed a "moderate" shake by GeoNet, hit 140km east of Te Araroa at 1:16pm on Saturday at a depth of 33km. Within 15 minutes of the quake, more than 1000 people had reported feeling it.

According to GeoNet's list of recent quakes, this shake is the largest to hit off the coast of Te Araroa since the 7.2 earthquake which struck at 2:27am on Friday morning. That quake was at a depth of 12km, 125km from the coast.

It prompted a tsunami warning for eastern parts of the North Island which was later lifted. A 8.1 magnitude earthquake which hit near the Kermadec Islands at 8:28am on Friday also led to a tsunami warning, with water surges seen in some North Island bays later in the day.

A number of people on Twitter reported feeling Saturday's 6.1 shake. 

"Yup, felt that one - Napier," one person said. 

"Gisborne. That was a good one, felt like it [lasted] for a full minute of strong but gentle rocking," said another.

There have been a number of aftershocks since the Friday morning quake, with most in the range of magnitudes 4-5.