Photos: Flooding hits lower North Island gallery

Tracey Grant/Fairfax Media Tracey Grant/Fairfax Media Tracey Grant Tracey Grant BELINDA ARUNDEL BELINDA ARUNDEL BELINDA ARUNDEL BELINDA ARUNDEL BELINDA ARUNDEL

Outside the Red Lion Hotel Whanganui a footpath has slipped slipped into the Whanganui River.

A slip forces the closure of Ikitara Rd in Wanganui East.

Wanganui from Wairere Rd, showing the Waimarie paddle steamer.

The Kowhai Park Dairy on Anzac Parade in Whanganui.

Floodwaters have run over stopbanks in Whanganui.

Boats are the only way to get around Whanganui.

The Whanganui River's flood levels are the highest on record.

Whanganui town centre has turned into a river.

The Whanganui River has reached it highest level on record.

1  of  9
« Previous « Previous Next » Next »

See the effects of heavy rain and swollen rivers in pictures.

Ad Feedback
Warwick Smith/ Fairfax NZ Warwick Smith/ Fairfax NZ Chris Warwick Smith/ Fairfax NZ Warwick Smith/ Fairfax NZ Tracey Grant/Fairfax Media Tracey Grant Tracey Grant Warwick Smith/ Fairfax NZ Tracey Grant/Fairfax Media Warwick Smith/ Fairfax NZ Warwick Smith/ Fairfax NZ Robert Charles/Fairfax NZ Robert Charles/Fairfax NZ Robert Charles/Fairfax NZ NATHAN FLETCHER KATHRYN KING/FAIRFAX NZ NATHAN FLETCHER GERRY LEIBBRANDT GERRY LEIBBRANDT JOHN SHEEHAN/SUPPLIED MIA KENNEDY/SUPPLIED MIKE WATKINS JANINE RANKIN/FAIRFAX NZ KRISTEN MABEY/SUPPLIED KRISTEN MABEY/SUPPLIED KRISTEN MABEY/SUPPLIED TONY DUFFY/SUPPLIED CHRISTOPHER CARRAN/SUPPLIED Charlotte Curd/Fairfax NZ Carly Thomas / Supplied CHARLOTTE CURD/FAIRFAX NZ Charlotte Curd/Fairfax NZ Charlotte Curd/Fairfax NZ Charlotte Curd/Fairfax NZ

Manawatu River between Palmerston North & Ashhurst.

Manawatu River, Anzac Cliffs and Palmerston North.

Flood waters block the road on the way to Himatangi beach near Palmerston North.

On the way to Himatangi beach near Palmerston North.

Manawatu River.

Manawatu Gorge.

Outside the Red Lion Hotel Whanganui a footpath has slipped slipped into the Whanganui River.

The Kowhai Park Dairy on Anzac Parade in Whanganui.

Whanganui from Wairere Rd, showing the Waimarie paddle steamer.

Houses in Whangaehu on the Whangaehu River.

A slip forces the closure of Ikitara Rd in Wanganui East.

Whangaehu on the Whangaehu River.

The Whangaehu River.

Flooding at Waitotora.

A collapsed road in the Waitotora Valley.

Patea hydroelectric Dam in Taranaki.

The flooded Waitotara river

Dee Smith and Dave Hill clean up in Feilding.

Whanganui river flooding Taupo Quay.

Waitotara Valley flooded.

Waitotara Valley flooding.

The Manawatu River on Sunday morning.

The Pahiatua Track covered by a slip 100m long.

Motorists stop and survey the slip blocking the Pahiatua Track.

In Palmerston North, Escort Grove's flood waters are believed to be contaminated with sewage.

Flooding in Manawatu farmland, around 8.30 on Sunday morning.

Ballance Bridge going over the Manawatu River on Sunday morning.

Manawatu farmland on Sunday morning.

Overnight flooding in Palmerston North.

The Manawatu Gorge remains closed.

Heavy rain has caused the Waitara River rise and the town to flood.

Floodwaters washed out the road in Waituna West.

State Highway 3 south of Waitara has been affected by surface flooding.

Coming in from some mad fun on their kayaks in the Waitara river. From left Kayakers Peter Vanlith, Tony Gable, James Murphy and John Murphy

Waitara River floods comes up floods over Waitara Bridge.

Makere Street. Shyanne Donghi-Johnson, 3 and a half with her mother, Rebecca Johnson, make their way through the water on Makere St.

1  of  36
« Previous « Previous Next » Next »
Warwick Smith/ Fairfax NZ Warwick Smith/ Fairfax NZ Warwick Smith/ Fairfax NZ SHELLEY EASTON SHELLEY EASTON SHELLEY EASTON JOHN SHEEHAN/SUPPLIED Warwick Smith/ Fairfax NZ Warwick Smith/ Fairfax NZ

Manawatu River.

Manawatu River, Anzac Cliffs and Palmerston North.

Manawatu River between Palmerston North & Ashhurst.

The swollen Manawatu River has burst onto farm land.

The swollen Manawatu River as seen from a flight between Christchurch and Palmerston North.

The swollen Manawatu River has burst onto farm land.

The Manawatu River on Sunday morning.

Manawatu River at Opiki, south of Palmerston North, has swollen and flooded nearby areas.

Manawatu River, south of Palmerston North, has flooded parts of the lower North Island.

1  of  9
« Previous « Previous Next » Next »
Charlotte Curd/Fairfax NZ Andy Jackson/Fairfax NZ NA Robert Charles/Fairfax NZ Charlotte Curd/Fairfax NZ Robert Charles/Fairfax NZ Robert Charles/Fairfax NZ Charlotte Curd/Fairfax NZ Charlotte Curd/Fairfax NZ Charlotte Curd/Fairfax NZ Charlotte Curd/Fairfax NZ Charlotte Curd/Fairfax NZ Laird Harper Charlotte Curd/Fairfax NZ Charlotte Curd/Fairfax NZ Charlotte Curd/Fairfax NZ Charlotte Curd/Fairfax NZ Charlotte Curd/Fairfax NZ Charlotte Curd/Fairfax NZ NA Fairfax NZ Charlotte Curd/Fairfax NZ Fairfax NZ Charlotte Curd/Fairfax NZ Charlotte Curd/Fairfax NZ Charlotte Curd/Fairfax NZ Charlotte Curd/Fairfax NZ

The SH3 Waitotara River bridge during the flooding.

The SH3 Waitotara River bridge after the flooding.

An aerial view of the Patea dam supplied by lines company Powerco. The lines company is unable to restore power to many homes in South Taranaki because of flood waters.

Water going through the Patea dam.

James Takarangi in his flooded house in Waitotara with his dog.

The clean-up of Waitotara was already underway, just hours after flood waters receded.

Severe flooding in the Waitotora Valley has cut dozens of roads.

Waitotara man Sid Wyatt wasn't letting a bit of floodwater put him off walking about his town.

Some Waitotara homes are covered in silt.

The small South Taranaki town of Waitotara is in for a some heavy duty clean up after the Waitotara river burst its banks and flooded the town.

The small South Taranaki town of Waitotara is under water after heavy rain over the weekend of June 19 and 20.

The small South Taranaki town of Waitotara is under water after heavy rains. Resident James Takarangi slept in his car with his family after their town was evacuated

The silt covered streets of Waitotara in South Taranaki. The nearby Waitotara river burst its banks overnight.

Kayakers Peter Van Lith, Tony Gable, James Murphy and John Murphy made the most of the flooded Waitara river.

Floodwaters were held back from inundating Waitara.

Waitara's Clifton Rowing Club was inundated by floodwaters.

A man crosses the swollen Waitara river.

Shyanne Donghi-Johnson, 3, on in the flood waters on Makere St in Waitara.

Shyanne Donghi-Johnson, 3, on in the flood waters on Makere St in Waitara.

Twins Milan and Anjali Bhaskar, 2, donned their best raincoats for their ringside seats to New Plymouth's flooding at the Huatoki Plaza.

Nicole Smith sent this photo in of her boyfriend Kyle Siffleet and their puppy dog Mini boating on a flooded Mangaone Road at Kaimata, near Inglewood.

Raw sewage was flowing onto central New Plymouth streets after sewer mains were overwhelmed by stormwater.

A slip on State Highway 3, south on New Plymouth.

The Huatoki stream has burst its banks in New Plymouth.

Paritutu bowling green in New Plymouth covered by floodwater.

The Huatoki stream has burst its banks in New Plymouth.

The Huatoki stream has burst its banks in New Plymouth.

The Huatoki stream has burst its banks in New Plymouth.

Surface flooding on State highway 3 near Big Jim's garden centre south of Waitara flooding.

1  of  29
« Previous « Previous Next » Next »
RICHARD WILLIAMS BRENT THOMPSON CRAIG HARRISON NICKY BIRCH DOMINIC SCOTT MICHAEL BENNETT AARON MURDOCH / FAIRFAX NZ GRANT MATTHEW / FAIRFAX NZ AARON MURDOCH Philippa Lyall CARLUM TARTANA Anna Dent/Supplied JOEL MAXWELL/FAIRFAX NZ EMILEE ALEXANDER/SUPPLIED PAUL O'CONNOR/SUPPLIED PAUL O'CONNOR/SUPPLIED GAYLENE WILSON/SUPPLIED ROS POWELL/SUPPLIED GARRY HUTHINSON/SUPPLIED GARRY HUTHINSON/SUPPLIED ROS POWELL/SUPPLIED ROS POWELL/FAIRFAX NZ Charlotte Curd/Fairfax NZ Charlotte Curd/Fairfax NZ CHARLOTTE CURD/FAIRFAX NZ Fairfax NZ Charlotte Curd/Fairfax NZ NICKI CAMPBELL/SUPPLIED MARION HALES/SUPPLIED ALLAN TONER/SUPPLIED ALLAN TONER/SUPPLIED RICHARD WILLIAMS/SUPPLIED EMILEE ALEXANDER/SUPPLIED RICHARD WILLIAMS/SUPPLIED CHARLOTTE CURD/FAIRFAX NZ RANDALL WALKER/FAIRFAX NZ LISA KYTE/SUPPLIED LISA KYTE/SUPPLIED ROCHELLE PALAMOUNTAIN/SUPPLIED ROCHELLE PALAMOUNTAIN/SUPPLIED ROCHELLE PALAMOUNTAIN/SUPPLIED DENISE CLIMO Denise Climo MELISSA/SUPPLIED FIONA FOXALL/SUPPLIED

A swollen river rushes past a house in Feilding.

A tractor driver clearing debris on Reu Reu Road in Halcombe had a lucky escape when the road gave way.

Craig Harrison's children have a novelty fishing tournament from their driveway in Palmerston North.

A view of flooding from Awahuri Rd in Feilding.

The Manawatu River at the Fitzherbert Ave bridge in flood last month.

Flooded cows in Feilding.

Buijtendijk farm on SH3 between Patea and Hawera

The Mangone Stream in Palmerston North floods after heavy rain.

SH3 at Manutahi between Patea and Hawera.

Waikawa Bridge.

Cars drive through the flood waters as the Mangaone Stream bursts its banks on Te Horo Beach Road.

The damage at Waikawa Bridge on State Highway 1. NZTA say the road will likely not be open until tomorrow morning.

Te Horo resident Anna Dent stands in the flooded Mangaone stream that nearly flooded her property on Saturday.

Workers begin repairs on the bridge.

Highbury, Palmerston North. "This is from the same drain that has been blocked since I moved in here over 2 years ago and has flooded like this a few times, this is the worst though."

Manawatu river off Dittmer drive

Manawatu river off Dittmer drive, later in the afternoon.

Mangone Stream in Palmerston North, taken from Benmore Ave.

Under the Mangaone bridge in Palmerston North heading out of town on Pioneer Highway.

Mangaone "stream" at Rangitane park, Palmerston North.

Mangaone "stream" at Rangitane park, Palmerston North.

Alongside the walkway on Pioneer Reserve. The farmer who lives on the right hand side of this was keeping several cattle on the river side of the fence on the long acre up to 2 days ago.

"The stream has only a few more metres to go before it’s literally in the backyards of several houses which back onto the Reserve."

Waitara Bridge in flood.

The Huatoki Plaza area. City centre

Shyanne Donghi-Johnson, 3 and a half plays on her flooded street in Waitara Makere Street where residents are unable to leave the house.

Taranaki floods. Paritutu bowling green.

20062015 NEWS Charlotte Curd/Fairfax NZ. Huatoki Plaza flooding. City centre flood

The water is already inside Nicki Campbell's father's house in the rural Manawatu village of Bainesse.

Cedar Gr, Palmerston North

Waters rising around Palmerston North's Bridle track.

Palmerston North's Bridle track. "We placed a stick as a marker and the water is still rising quite steadily."

Black and white photos of flooding outside a house in Feilding.

Waters seem to be rising at Makino Stream, Feilding.

Under the overpass near Feilding.

State highway 3 south of Waitara flooding.

A retaining wall slip closes one lane of Freemans rd in Otaki.

A slip on State Highway 3, south on New Plymouth.

"We woke to living on a moat!" said Lisa Kyte, Mauriceville, Masterton.

"Had to save our pet pig he was swimming." Mauriceville, Masterton.

Flooding in Savage Cres, Whanganui.

The road was closed near the Whanganui River.

A slip on the road near Durie Hill, across the river from Whanganui.

Te Matai Road in Palmerston North was one of the victims of flooding, with water cutting off access to several homes.

Water nearly laps at the top of fence posts on Te Matai Rd, Palmerston North.

Playing netball at the Vautier Park netball courts in Palmerston North may be a bit tricky today.

One Marton resident woke to this view from his kitchen window.

The Porirua Saturday morning veggie market had neither fruit nor veggies due to a bridge washout.

1  of  48
« Previous « Previous Next » Next »
Ad Feedback
special offers
Auckland

Bottlenecks to avoid - if you can

An all too familiar sight for Aucklanders hoping to get away from it all.

There are 21 misery-inducing traffic pinch-points to watch out for this Labour Weekend.

Shopper nets $1m Lotto prize

Powerball wasn't struck, pushing the jackpot out to $16 million.

Auckland supermarket-goer wins $1 million as Powerball rolls over to $16m.

Start not confirmed

Murray Baker is adamant there is nothing wrong with Bonneval ahead of Saturday's Caulfield Cup.

Leading Kiwi chance in Caulfield Cup faces big test before she even gets to the barriers.

Smoking ban 'unfair targeting'

Places with outdoor footpath dining such as Ponsonby's SPQR restaurant would have to make sure their outdoor dining area ...

Around 800 Auckland restaurants with public al fresco areas expect to see a drop in business.

Wellington

Welcome to Dannevirke ... or is it?

What's that bit: Random slices of your region

(Weekend) Today's piece of the photo puzzle is of artistic and archaic ...

Featherston isn't the only town without an official name. Turns out most of NZ is incognito.

Uni hall a 'feral zoo'

Images of alleged drunken destruction at the Victoria University Te Puni Village over the weekend have emerged.

Alleged drinking binge sees vomit and rubbish strewn across Wellington student hall.

Alcohol 'safe zone' in party central

The alcohol "safe zone" would have water, charging stations, bean bags and friendly assistance for Wellington party-goers.

Wellington party-goers who've had too much to drink will soon have a new refuge.

Snapped: 103kmh in a 50kmh zone

Porirua's busiest speed camera, on Whitford Brown Ave, caught a vehicle travelling at more than twice the posted speed limit.

Porirua's busiest speed camera catches one driver with a particularity heavy foot.

Canterbury

McCaw flies for kākāriki

Richie McCaw is backing conservation efforts for orange-fronted parakeet, also known as the kākāriki.

The former All Black captain was behind the controls of a freshly-painted helicopter used to raise awareness for a critically-threatened bird.

'Auntie Dai' paid out

Dai Bing was working as the manager of the Auntie Dai's Dumplings restaurant in the Christchurch Bus Interchange ...

Company ordered to repay woman whose name adorns a dumpling restaurant chain.

Man critically injured in fall

The Suter Art Gallery in Nelson, where an independent contractor fell on Tuesday, sustaining critical injuries.

Man fighting for his life after falling while carrying out work at Nelson's Suter Art Gallery.

Bottlenecks to avoid - if you can

An all too familiar sight for Aucklanders hoping to get away from it all.

There are 21 traffic pinch-points to watch out for around NZ this Labour Weekend.

Waikato

Virtual cave tour

Ruakuri Cave will be the first cave system in New Zealand to be brought onto Google Maps.

Google goes underground, allowing you to explore one of NZs hidden gems from home.

CBD is hot property

Hamilton CBD, seen from teh east side of the Waikato River, is experiencing increased occupancy amid a stroing of new ...

Waiting for a tenant doesn't work any more, Hamilton commercial real estate leader says.

Toilet training in paradise

Raglan hopes to stop any unnecessary wastewater overflows by reminding people of what should and shouldn't go into the ...

Holiday destination plagued by sewage spills takes toilet etiquette to the street.

Casino robbery lead

A Hamilton casino punter was followed home and robbed by an armed attacker.

A Hamilton casino punter was followed home and robbed at knifepoint.

Taranaki

Ute dragged out of sea video

Dave Chadfield, of Chaddy's Charters, points to where a ute is submerged in the marina at Port Taranaki after two men ...

"I heard screaming, yelling and swearing and saw two guys walk ashore."

Womad NZ line-up unveiled

Tinariwen Elwan will play Womad NZ 2018

Almost 30 acts from across the globe have been revealed for next year's three-day music festival.

'The colony's dullest hole'

Len Lye Centre facade and White Hart hotel

Slagging off provincial small town New Zealand is fraught with danger.

Jury out in sex case

A jury of eight men and four women have begun deliberations at a sex trial in  the New Plymouth District Court. (File Photo)

A jury is considering verdicts in a case involving sex allegations which date back 10 years.

Manawatu

Full firefighting kit for 170km

Palmerston North firefighters are walking to Wellington in full kit to support efforts to tackle motor neuron disease.  ...

Palmerston North firefighters will walk to Wellington to raise money to combat motor neuron disease.

Late nights threatened

The Awapuni Function Centre is one of several licensed premises wanting changes to Palmerston North's draft local ...

City council's alcohol policy could force function centre to close early and put some bookings at risk.

Tararua woman still missing

Elizabeth Udy, 45, is missing and police have concerns for her safety.

Tararua woman Elizabeth Udy, 45, is still missing after one week.

A rural shemozzle

Libby Masefield having fun with bulls' balls in her mouth.

What started as a yarn at the pub has become a rural event attracting 5000 visitors a year. 

Nelson

Milk dance creative, entertaining

The Creamery was part of the Nelson Art's Festival.

The Nelson Musical Theatre was transformed into a cheese factory for The Creamery - an interpretive show about the world of cheese.

Final drop begins

A small number of protesters show their disdain for the third poison drop at the Brook Sanctuary.

Final poison drop starts as part of the Brook Sanctuary operation.

Man critical after Suter Gallery fall

The Suter Art Gallery in Nelson, where an independent contractor fell on Tuesday, sustaining critical injuries.

A man is fighting for his life after falling while carrying out work at the Suter Art Gallery.

GP practice accredited

Collingwood Health is now Foundation Standard certified.

After failing to meet accreditation standards in the given timeframe, Collingwood Health has now achieved them

Marlborough

A rose for Red Cross

There are 2500 roses ready to sell at the fundraiser on Thursday.

Preparations are underway for Red Rose Day tomorrow.

Bridging the gap

Sounds Air chief executive Andrew Crawford says if the research stacks up 19-seater Beechcrafts could be flying between ...

Sounds Air could be flying 19-seaters between Christchurch and Blenheim by early next year.

Corporate rowing crews battle it out

30082017 News Photo: TOM LEE/STUFF - Sport - Rowing NZ team media day at Lake Karapiro. Mens eight

Corporate 8 crews optimistic at Wairau Rowing Club's annual challenge.

'Skylarking' caused fatal crash

Lara Glover, 16, died and four others were injured in the car crash on February 19.

Teen driver caused fatal crash by swerving his parents' SUV from side to side while doing close to 100kmh.

South Canterbury

Jet boat marathon hits Waitaki video

18102017 News JOHN BISSET/STUFF.  World jet boat marathon on Waitaki River contact Paul Mullan 027284 9194. Pictured are ...

The sound of jet boat engines echoed along the  'difficult' Waitaki River yesterday.

No word on SH1 call

Mid-South Canterbury area commander Inspector Dave Gaskin

Pareora residents renew calls for lower speed limit after three-car crash in September.

Teacher censured over kayak trip

Physical education teacher Stuart Albrey has taught at Waimate High School since 1986.

A Waimate High School teacher has been censured for serious misconduct

Call to check wells

Canterbury medical officer of health Dr Alistair Humphrey told RNZ Tuesday there had been anecdotal accounts from ...

Households urged to monitor their private water supplies regularly - particularly those with pregnant mothers, or young babies.

Otago

A man without Viices

McComb said he would love to perform at Homegrown or the Reading Festival in the UK at some point.

Viices, aka Jake McComb, "only really made enough to pay for parking" the first time he busked.

Qtown businesses losses continue

Businesses are making insurance claims for interruptions caused by a burst water main.

Businesses are making insurance claims for ongoing interruptions caused by a burst water main in central Queenstown.

Ministry backs down on buses

A Queenstown school bus.

Students living in Sunshine Bay, Frankton, Jack's Point and Kelvin Heights will have to find their own way to school.

Cromwell basin business booms

At least 35 businesses supported the 11ha extension of Akarua's Pisa Development Vineyard near Cromwell.

Akarua Vineyard organises impromptu fair to celebrate viticulture investment.

Southland

The Lim hymn: Let's Eat

Celebrity chef Nadia Lim shares her latest book, Let's Eat, with Julie Allan, Sarah Johnson and Gabrielle Berger Sidwell ...

Despite releasing seven cookbooks in seven years, inspiration is never far away for celebrity chef Nadia Lim.

Bravery awards given

Nightcaps men Conrad Waihape, left, and Phil Manson were presented with Bravery awards at a Southland District Council ...

"It was pretty dark and bloody hard to see..."

Let's talk, Southland: Kirwan

Sir John Kirwan visited Northern Southland College, Lumsden, on Tuesday afternoon.

Mental health speeches "powerful, timely, relevant".

Aparima College to get new principal, board of trustees

Aparima College commissioner Nicola Hornsey.

Embattled Aparima College in Riverton is set to have elections to form a board of trustees after its new principal is recruited.

Ad Feedback