Heavy rain bringing not so egg-cellent end to Easter holidays for parts of NZ

Those looking to hold an Easter egg hunt outside today, might want to reconsider, as the long-weekend comes to a soggy end.

There is a heavy rain watch in place today for Wellington, Kāpiti and Horowhenua, Tararua range, Waitomo, Taumarunui and Taihape.

Further south a heavy rain watch has also been issued for the Canterbury foothills and the Plains south of Christchurch.

MetService meteorologist Andrew James said yesterday's low pressure system over the South Island was moving north.

"What that means is that for the North Island there will be showers or rain for most places, apart from in the east and those will clear as that system moves away over Monday.

"For the South Island we're looking at some rain in the northern part and then clearing overnight into Tuesday morning," he said.

Mr James said Hawke's Bay and the West Coast of the South Island are the best places to be, once the early showers clear.

Tomorrow the lower half of the South Island including Queenstown, Invercargill and Dunedin look to be mainly fine.

Two little kids boys and friends making traditional Easter egg hunt in spring garden, outdoors. Siblings having fun with finding colorful eggs. On cold day. Old christian and catholoc tradition
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