New Zealand set to shiver as torrential rain, icy winds sweep country

New Zealanders should wrap up well as an icy blast sweeps across the country this week.

A front will bring heavy rain to the North and South island for much of the week, with flooding and slips possible.

NIWA principal scientist Chris Brandolino told The AM Show on Monday the week will be "active".

"There will be many periods of rain, showers, thunderstorms," he said.

Tuesday and Wednesday will bear the brunt of the wet weather while the weekend will see brisk, sharp winds rushing across Aotearoa.

Metservice has several weather watches and warnings in place across Aotearoa, with heavy rain expected to batter Mt Taranaki, Northland, Taupo and Auckland.

"Rainfall of this intensity can cause surface and flash flooding, especially about low-lying areas such as streams, rivers or narrow valleys, and may also lead to slips," reads the weather warning."

Driving conditions will also be hazardous with surface flooding and poor visibility in heavy rain."

Looking forward to Easter weekend, Brandolino says there is some hope of a respite.

"If we're lucky we may thread the needle and have some settled weather at the tail end of the four day weekend."

But until then, New Zealand can expect showers, storms and possibly even floods.