The Wellington and Wairarapa regions were battered by strong northwesterly gales gusting to 130kmh overnight.
MetService duty forecaster Leigh Matheson said the highest wind gusts of 130kmh in the region were recorded on the top of the Rimutaka Hill Road between Wellington and Wairarapa, and at Castlepoint on the coast east of Masterton.
Mt Kaukau above Wellington was not far behind with winds gusting to 120kmh, Matheson said, adding the gale force winds were at their peak between 11pm and 5am, but were gradually easing.
Winds also reached 100kmh at Kelburn, CentrePort and the airport and up to 90kmh in Masterton overnight.
Wellingtonians could expect blustery northwesterly conditions to continue for the next day or two, Matheson said, but the winds were nothing too much out of the ordinary, by Wellington standards.
Police and Fire services said there had been no reports of damage at the height of the gales.
Harbourmaster Mike Pryce said "it was just another Wellington gale" and nothing untoward occurred to affect shipping movements in and out of the port.
- The Dominion Post
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