'Like a truck hitting the house' - magnitude five quake jolts central New Zealand, rocking thousands

Central New Zealand was rattled by a magnitude five earthquake last night, centred 25km south-east of Nelson. 

More than 8000 people have reported feeling the jolt, which was centred south-east of Nelson. Source: 1 NEWS

The quake struck at 9.30pm yesterday at a depth of 74km, according to GeoNet.

According to the GeoNet website more than 8842 people felt the "light" shake.

It was felt widely at the top of the South Island and the bottom of the North Island - as far north as Taupo and as far south as Dunedin.

Nelson City Council has called the earthquake "a nice little shake there as we all settle down for the evening!"

Others took to twitter to mention they had felt the jolt, with one user tweeting, "well that was a little bit like a truck hitting the house."

There are no reports of damage in Nelson.

The council is reminding residents to be prepared and refresh their emergency plans with information from Nelson Tasman Civil Defence's website.