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The Metservice said winds had gusted up to 129km/h at Cape Reinga in Northland, and up to 128km/h in Auckland. Heavy rain had also been falling in both regions, including torrential downpours of up to 10mm an hour.
In Auckland, extensive flooding up to waist height in places forced the closure of Tamaki Drive, from the Strand to Kohimarama Road, from 9am today.
Pictures posted to social media show large waves crashing over the seawall onto the road and inundating parked cars. The flooding has knocked over rubbish bins, with the floodwaters strewn with debris.
The high tide arrived at 8.42am and would recede over the next few hours, as police and firefighters dealt with flooding in the area.
Auckland Transport closed the road before 9am.