Rotorua is waking to a big mop-up job following yesterday's deluge.
A State of Emergency remains in place to aid emergency services evacuating residents following major flooding.
Heavy rain caused at least 30 homes to be evacuated in Ngongotaha, and 32 people were trapped at the Agrodome.
Evacuees were moved to emergency welfare at the Energy Events Centre in the Rotorua township.
Things were much calmer this morning, Mayor Steve Chadwick told TVNZ 1's Breakfast, following the rain which saw hundreds of calls to emergency services.
'It's very surreal, it's quite calm at the moment. We had rain during the night but nothing like the extreme rain fall yesterday morning."
She said people had been "incredibly resiliant", and praised them for moving to safety as soon as it became apparent they were in danger from rising floodwaters.
There had been no call-outs overnight.
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