Parts of the North Island are bracing for the effects of Cyclone Hola, which is expected to bring severe weather conditions today.
Heavy rain and strong wind warnings are in place for Northland, Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and Gisborne.
The storm has been downgraded from a category four to a category two since it riped a path of destruction through Vanuatu last week.
MetService forecasts Hola will track southeastwards to lie east of Cape Reinga around midday today.
Hola should then continue to track southeastwards to lie just east of Gisborne overnight, before moving away from New Zealand tomorrow.
"The heavy rain could bring some slips, it could bring some localised flooding. And with those stronger winds we could find it makes it a lot more hazardous for driving as well," MetService said.
"So it's always worth being prepared for that severe weather.
"For the northern half of the country, a pretty unsettled start to the week."
It comes just weeks after Cyclone Gita ravaged parts of the South Island.