Chaos as destructive winds slam into Auckland, cutting power, toppling trees and stopping all flights at Auckland Airport

Re-live 1 NEWS NOW's live updates as winds gusting up to 130km/h slammed into Auckland, shutting the airport, toppling trees and causing power outages across the city. 


This concludes the live updates for the evening. We will return with more coverage of the storm at 5am.

At this point Auckland Airport remains closed and has been since 9pm last night.


A tree felled by winds crushes a car in the Auckland suburb of Otahuhu.
A tree felled by winds crushes a car in the Auckland suburb of Otahuhu. Source: Jeremiah Sefesi

Another image from the destructive winds in Auckland. Luckily no one was inside this vehicle at the time.


A MetService spokesperson has told 1 NEWS that the strong winds in Auckland, Waikato and Coromandel should ease within the next 2-3 hours.

Although conditions are easing, some parts of Auckland are currently still seeing winds as strong as 110km/h. At the airport winds have been recorded at 80-90km/h.

They say the storm is expected to move down to the Bay of Plenty, but should weaken and be gone by the time people wake up.


The true extent of damage around Auckland will be revealed in the daylight tomorrow, but judging by all the downed tree callouts it will be quite a scene.


Fire and Emergency say they've received a total of 1350 emergency calls since 8pm from people throughout the entire country.  



1 NEWS has contacted Auckland Airport who say there have been no flights in or out since 9pm due to debris on the runway.

Flights coming in to land have all been diverted to Christchurch and there is no word yet on when the runway will re-open.


A traveller has contacted 1 NEWS to say there is absolute chaos at Auckland Airport, with the runway shut by debris there are no flights able to get in or out.


A downed tree on an Auckland road.
A downed tree on an Auckland road. Source: Jasper Nancekivel

Another example of the destructive winds sent in to 1 NEWS tonight.


 A lot going on tonight for the emergency services!


Vector says there are some 15,000 properties without power around Auckland tonight. 


The runway is still closed at Auckland Airport which will lead to major delays for many travellers.



More from a stretched Fire Service: "A tree has fallen through the roof of a house in Stanley Point, and another has fallen through the roof of a home in Birkdale.

"Two trees have also toppled onto a house in Massey.

"A tree has taken out power lines on West Coast Road in Waiatarua.

"There are also reports of flooding in parts of Coromandel."


A statement from the Fire Service: "Fire and Emergency New Zealand is receiving dozens of calls about trees toppling onto roads, power lines and homes in the Auckland region.

"Its Northern Communication Centre is being inundated with 111 calls due to the extremely strong winds hitting the region.

"They are dealing with more than 170 calls in Auckland and the wider Upper North Island area."


NIWA is reporting wind gusts of up to 133km/h on the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Take care if you're on the roads.


Plenty of this around Auckland tonight!


There's reports of a huge oak tree falling into a house in Massey Auckland. "Luckily no one was inside and emergency services are on the way," a Facebook user posted on the 1 NEWS NOW page.



Auckland Civil Defence warn that Auckland could expect "sustained, strong and damaging gales up to 120km/h".

They say to secure loose items, bring pets inside.



Reports of power outages all across Auckland now, from both sides of the bridge, including Te Atatu and Dairy Flat.


A fallen tree in St Cutberts Auckland as wild weather hits.
A fallen tree in St Cutberts Auckland as wild weather hits. Source: Supplied

A Ponsonby local said they saw three large trees down in Herne Bay, their car was hit by a branch and they accidentally drove over a piece of roof on Ponsonby Rd.  


Earlier today, tornadoes ripped through National Park, leaving a trail of destruction. It also left thousands without power in Taranaki.


A 1 NEWS cameraman says there are no traffic lights or street lights throughout the whole of Te Atatu making for dangerous driving conditions.




Auckland Airport told 1 NEWS the runways are shut due to debris but the terminal remains open. So no flights in or out right now.


Suburbs Onehunga, Remuera and Westmere have no power.


The high winds are beginning to disrupt signals, which include impacting TVNZ's Commonwealth Games coverage. 


West Auckland has been hit seriously by the storm with reports of roofs coming off, windows smashing and trees coming down onto cars.

The worst hit areas appear to be coastal as well as Glen Eden.

Storm clouds

Wild winds in Auckland are disrupting flights and traffic, with NIWA reporting gusts of over 100km/h. 

Flights have been stopped at Auckland Airport, with some flights diverted, report Stuff. 

There have been reports of power outages across Auckland.