Damage to boats at North Island marinas overnight
A tsunami surge hit Tutukaka Marina in Northland about 9.30pm on Saturday, causing a number of boats to sink and several others to break free from their mornings and come aground or run into other boats.
Murray Soljak, Northland Civil Defence Emergency Management spokesman, says the marina itself was also damaged, with part of the fuel jetty coming loose.
Those living aboard their boats in the marina were evacuated as a precaution.
People in Northland took to social media saying they didn't receive a Civil Defence alert to their mobile phones before the surge happened.
Damaged boats at Tutukaka Marina. Photos: Tim Alexander.
Tauranga Bridge Marina manager Tony Arnold says there were no noticeable waves at Tauranga Bridge Marina and no damage to any boats berthed there.
"Our harbour entrance is quite narrow, so the tidal direction changes but we didn't notice any chance in wave height, thankfully. It didn't really affect us," says Tony.
Hauraki Gulf Weather reports that the marine surge was recorded at Great Barrier Island.