At 2am as winds and pounded their home in Laingholm, West Auckland, and a giant pine tree banged on the windows, one couple decided to seek shelter and moved a mattress into their hallway.
"Five minutes after that we heard an almighty crack and the 20m pine tree outside slammed through our bedroom. We just froze," said Rebecca, who did not want her surname used.
The roof was destroyed, branches smashed through the walls and glass shattered all over the bed.
The couple are feeling extremely lucky after their close escape despite recent renovations being destroyed.
"Glenn my partner just had this really funny feeling, lets just move. It was pretty scary," said Rebecca.
It was a pretty good excuse for a day off, said Rebecca who is now waiting for the insurance company to come and assess the damage.