New Zealand is now in a National State of Emergency for at least seven days.
Ahead of the lockdown the prime minister was urging everyone to stay at home and warned that the number of COVID-19 cases could continue to rise during the lockdown period.
Civil Defence Emergency Management director Sarah Stuart-Black says while most people were complying with the lockdown, there were several incidents of people gathering and police has responded to those.
The country is currently in a State of Emergency that will go on until next week. It is also in a lockdown for at least four weeks.