Wild weather easing as Cyclone Hale moves away from New Zealand

Cyclone Hale is weakening and moving away from the country after battering the upper North Island. 

The first tropical storm of the year lashed the upper North Island on Wednesday causing flooding, power outages and closing roads. 

But there might be some good news for soggy residents of the affected areas on Thursday with the cyclone expected to move southeast before moving away from the country entirely - hopefully making way for some summer weather many have been hanging out for. 

On Thursday MetService said the cyclone is moving away from the country and the wild weather is improving.

"The remains of Cyclone Hale are heading away to the east of NZ and heavy rain affecting eastern regions has eased. However, an area of heavy rain is affecting the Waikato which is expected to ease this afternoon," the forecaster tweeted. 

But there is still one weather warning in place with an orange heavy rain warning for Waikato and south of Hamilton including Waitomo.

MetService said the rain could cause surface flooding, slips and hazardous driving conditions. 

But while there aren't any more warnings, it doesn't mean the whole country is finally getting a glimpse of summer. 

Aucklanders can expect rain most days well into next week along with Whangārei, Hamilton, Rotorua and Gisborne. 

But weather in the Capital is looking good over the coming days with sunshine expected for the weekend. 

Weather in the South Island is looking good with Nelson and Blenheim bathed in sunshine this weekend. Christchurch is also looking good with rain on Thursday easing by the afternoon and sunshine expected until next Tuesday.

Queenstown is also in for a glorious weekend as well as Invercargill.