AN EARTHQUAKE centred on New Zealand's Central North Island has been widely felt in much of the North Island.
But there have been no reports of damage to date.
The magnitude 5.8 quake was recorded at 7.19am local time and was centred 20km southeast of Tokoroa at a depth of 175km, GeoNet said.
GNS Science volcanologist Gill Jolly told NZ Newswire she'd received reports from people who'd felt the quake in Gisborne, Napier and Wellington.
"One lady in Napier said it lasted several minutes, and the whole house was kind of moving," she said.
Jolly said the quake would have been felt mostly by people in places along the subducting plate close to the surface, which mainly stretches along the east coast down to Wellington.
"Because of the depth, it would have been felt mostly around the east coast. I was in Taupo and I didn't feel it at all."
There were also a number of reports of lights swinging.
The Fire Service central communications centre said there had been no calls reporting damage or asking for assistance.