More than 100 aftershocks have rattled the East Coast of the North Island following this morning's 7.1 magnitude quake north-east of Te Araroa.
The earthquake, described by Geonet as severe, struck soon after 4:30am. There have been no reports of damage.
Earlier this morning a tsunami warning was issued soon after 30cm surges were recorded on the gauge at East Cape. That warning has now been cancelled.
Residents in coastal areas were urged to get to higher ground or move inland. Those living in Te Araroa adhered to the Civil Defence's advice and made their way to the top of Whetumatarau where many whānau gathered.