Weather: Wet end to Easter for Northland as MetService issues heavy rain warning

The end of Easter doesn't look too pretty for the top of the North Island with heavy rain set to hit the region. 

MetService has issued an orange heavy rain warning for Northland from midnight on Sunday to midnight on Monday. 

The forecaster said residents should expect up to 160mm of rain in the north and east but only 100mm in the west. 

Peak rates of rain could be up to 40mm/h with possible localised thundery downpours possible in the north and east, MetService said. 

"Heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly. Surface flooding and slips are also possible and driving conditions may be hazardous."

MetService said no other parts of the country are currently under rain or wind warnings. 

Otherwise, most parts of New Zealand will experience a fine Easter Monday with just a chance of a few showers in the Auckland, Tauranga, Gisborne and Hawke's Bay regions.

It comes after ex-tropical Cyclone Fili left a trail of destruction across Wairoa and Tairāwhiti, Gisborne this week.

Across the two regions, residents woke on Thursday to dozens of closed roads and thousands were without power. 

After seeing the extent of the damage, Emergency Management Minister Kiri Allan announced $100,000 for the Wairoa Mayoral Relief Fund.