Watch: Driveway turned into raging river after heavy rain in Coromandel

Astonishing footage of a driveway resembling a raging river has surfaced from the Coromandel today, after heavy rains caused flooding in the region.

Debbie Harvey sent the incredible footage taken in Te Kouma to 1 NEWS this afternoon.

The video shows a massive torrent of water pouring down a driveway onto the road below, highlighting the massive amounts of rainfall in the area.

King tides are also causing flooding problems, with another king tide around 9pm tonight set to close more east coast roads from Northland to the Bay of Plenty.

Police are advising people to delay their travel until tomorrow morning if possible, or drive with extreme caution and follow the direction of roading contractors and emergency services. 

Man rescued with dislocated knee after spending cold, wet night on Mt Ruapehu

A man has been rescued after spending a cold, wet night out on Mt Ruapehu.

Police were called at 5pm yesterday after the 21-year-old man failed to return following a day hike up the mountain.

Four search teams helped search for the man overnight until 4am, before resuming this morning at 7am.

The man was found at 12.50pm this afternoon and airlifted to Taupo Hospital with a dislocated knee.

An NZAF NH90 helicopter, the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter, LandSAR personnel, Tukino Skifield and Ruapehu Alpine Lifts staff, and local iwi Tuwharetoa all participated in the rescue.

Taupo Search and Rescue Coordinator Senior Constable Barry Shepherd credited the search teams' efforts in locating the man.

"Conditions were less than ideal with very little visibility, rain and snow, so all credit to the guys and girls at the sharp end," Senior Constable Shepherd said.

"It's a timely reminder to other trampers and walkers in the area to make sure you are well prepared for the conditions, let people know where you are going and stick to your plans."

Aerial view of fresh snow on Mt Ruapehu. Source: 1 NEWS


Warning as king tide may lead to more Auckland road closures tonight

Auckland motorists are being warned there may be more flooding to come this evening due to a second king tide.

The warning comes after wild weather coupled with a king tide this morning led to flooding on many Auckland roads.

A tweet posted by Auckland Civil Defence this afternoon warns: "Another king tide tonight (9.26pm), is likely to flood Tāmaki Dr & Esmonde Rd, & maybe Beachlands-Maraetai & Omaha coastal areas.

"If you're in flood-prone or low-lying coastal areas, be prepared. Always drive to the conditions & never drive through floodwaters."

The storm is currently moving south, with flooding causing road closures in the Coromandel, effectively cutting it off and leaving travellers stranded.

The MetService has warned that "all vulnerable eastern coasts from Northland through to the Bay of Plenty are at risk with this evenings high tide."

Maraetai Beach can be seen lapping the road. Source: Supplied