INTERACTIVE MAP

Select a region to see more about emergency events in that area.

SELECT A REGION

This interactive map will let you know the history of emergency events in your local area. Although the impacts for these events will likely be the same, it’s important to know what has happened and where - and then how to be better prepared. Select a region of the map to find out more ...

northland

Earthquakes
  • 1963 – although Northland is not considered a high-risk area for earthquakes, some damage does occur in two earthquakes of magnitudes 4.8 and 4.9 near Mangonui and Peria.
Tsunami
  • 1960 – a series of one-metre-high waves sweeps into Port Whangarei as the result of the Chilean earthquake.
Storms
  • 1936 – a cyclone destroys buildings, causes floods, and sinks boats.
  • 1968 – Cyclone Giselle causes much storm damage throughout the country.
  • 1988 – Dargaville loses its water supply line when a bridge is swept away during Cyclone Bola.
  • 2007 – torrential rain and gale-force winds cause widespread flooding, slips, wind damage, and road closures.
Volcanoes
  • – Northland has two fields of young volcanoes. Te Puke was active 1800–1300 years ago.
Floods
  • 1981 – flooding in Kerikeri, including the famous Old Stone Store.
  • 2003 – twenty houses are evacuated in Kaitaia after the river breaks its banks.
  • 2007 – torrential rain and gale-force winds cause widespread flooding.
  • 2013 – Strong winds, very heavy rain and thunderstorms crossed New Zealand. The very strong winds caused lots of damage, blew vehicles off roads, and brought down power lines, cutting the power supply to thousands of homes.
  • 1973 – Heavy rain brought flooding to the Whangarei District, causing damage to properties and roads.
  • 1988 – Cyclone Bola struck most regions of the North Island, in particular Taranaki, Hawke's Bay, Gisborne, and Northland. Storm conditions resulted in flooding.
  • 1999 – Extreme rainfall resulted in flooding in the Hokianga area. 270 people were evacuated.

auckland

Earthquakes
  • 1891 – the Port Waikato earthquake (magnitude 6.0) topples chimneys in Auckland.
Tsunami
  • – Over the last 150 years, the coast has been hit by 12 tsunami up to two metres high.
Storms
  • 1936 – a cyclone destroys buildings, causes floods, and sinks boats.
  • 1968 – Cyclone Giselle causes much storm damage throughout the country.
  • 1988 – one of the most notorious storms in recent history, Cyclone Bola, causes extensive flooding and extremely high winds.
  • 2011 – Tornados strike northern parts of Auckland.
  • 2013 – Strong winds, very heavy rain and thunderstorms cross New Zealand. The very strong winds cause lots of damage, blow vehicles off roads, and bring down power lines, cutting the power supply to thousands of homes.
Volcanoes
  • – In the last 150,000 years several of Auckland’s 49 volcanoes have erupted.
  • – Rangitoto last erupted 600 years ago.
Floods
  • 1999 – contamination from flooded sewers in Pukekohe remains a problem for several weeks.
  • 2001 – flooding in Leigh uproots trees and kills livestock. One family is shocked when a car is swept inside their house.

bayofplenty

Earthquakes
  • 1987 – roads are split open, a railway engine is toppled onto its side, and houses shifted off their foundations during the magnitude 6.3 Edgecumbe earthquake.
Tsunami
  • 1960 – 1960 – a tsunami from a huge earthquake in Chile results in the evacuation of Whakatane, Ohope and Opotiki.
Storms
  • 1936 – a cyclone destroys buildings, causes flooding and sinks boats.
  • 1939 – the worst snowstorm in 100 years kills livestock, blocks roads and halts trains.
  • 1968 – Cyclone Giselle causes much storm damage throughout the country.
  • 1988 – Cyclone Bola, one of the most notorious cyclones of recent history, batters the North Island.
  • 2007 – torrential rain and gale force winds cause widespread flooding, slips, wind damage, and road closures.
  • 2013 – Strong winds, very heavy rain and thunderstorms crossed New Zealand. The very strong winds caused lots of damage, blew vehicles off roads, and brought down power lines, cutting the power supply to thousands of homes.
Volcanoes
  • – White Island has had continuous activity over the last 150,000 years.
  • – 140,000 years ago an eruption causes the ground to collapse, forming a huge basin which forms present-day Lake Rotorua.
  • – Mount Edgecumbe was last active 3,500–5,500 years ago.
  • 1886 – Mount Tarawera erupts, killing over 150 people, and destroying the famous Pink and White Terraces.
  • 1914 – eruption on White Island kills ten miners.
Floods
  • 2004 – intense rainfall and gale-force winds in February cause flooding to many areas in New Zealand, leaving hundreds of people homeless, farmland covered in silt, sheep and cattle drowned or swept away, bridges damaged and roads closed.
  • 2005 – over 150 homes are made uninhabitable by floods in the Bay of Plenty.
  • 2007 – torrential rain and gale-force winds cause widespread flooding.
Landslides
  • 2004 – Heavy rain results in floods and landslides in the Whakatane and Opotiki districts.

waikato

Earthquakes
  • 1891 – the Port Waikato earthquake (magnitude 6.0) breaks windows, rings bells and throws school-children off their chairs.
  • 1922 – a swarm of earthquakes, described “an almost continuous throbbing”, occurs under Lake Taupō, the strongest reaching magnitude 6.0 on the Richter scale.
  • 1964 – about 400 quakes rattle Taupō, the strongest about magnitude 4.5 on the Richter scale.
Tsunami
  • 1960 – a tsunami from a huge earthquake in Chile results in the evacuation of Whitianga and Waihi.
Storms
  • 1936 – a cyclone destroys buildings, causes flooding and sinks boats.
  • 1939 – the worst snowstorm in 100 years kills livestock, blocks roads and halts trains.
  • 1968 – Cyclone Giselle causes much storm damage throughout the country.
  • 1988 – Cyclone Bola, one of the most notorious cyclones of recent history, batters the North Island.
  • 1996 – Cyclone Fergus brings torrential rain, flooding out thousands of campers and holiday-makers.
  • 1997 – during Cyclone Drena, only a fortnight after Fergus, waves wash over the top of a seawall and flood houses in Thames.
  • 2007 – torrential rain and gale-force winds cause widespread flooding, slips, wind damage, and road closures.
  • 2013 – Strong winds, very heavy rain and thunderstorms crossed New Zealand. The very strong winds caused lots of damage, blew vehicles off roads, and brought down power lines, cutting the power supply to thousands of homes.
Volcanoes
  • – 26,500 years ago, Taupo erupts in possibly the world’s largest eruption in modern history.
  • – 1,800 years ago Lake Taupō erupts, filling all the major river valleys of the central North Island with pumice and ash. This eruption is reported by the Chinese and Romans.
Floods
  • 2002 – very heavy rain and strong winds, known as a weather bomb, destroy buildings and camping grounds in the Coromandel and South Waikato.
  • 2004 – intense rainfall and gale force winds in February cause flooding to many areas in New Zealand, leaving hundreds of people homeless, farmland covered in silt, sheep and cattle drowned or swept away, bridges damaged and roads closed.
  • 2007 – torrential rain and gale force winds cause widespread flooding.
Landslides
  • 1846 – A massive landslide on the shores of Lake Taupō overwhelms Te Rapa.
  • 1914 – Landslide on White Island when part of the crater wall collapses, causing a landslide in the sulphur mines.

gisborne

Earthquakes
  • 1914 – a magnitude 6.8 quake shakes the East Cape, causing large landslides.
  • 1966 – a magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes Gisborne. Over 3,000 chimneys are damaged, and the Main Post Office is so badly cracked that it has to be later demolished.
  • 2007 – a magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes Gisborne causing large amounts of damage to property.
Tsunami
  • 1868 – a tsunami from an earthquake in Chile takes 15 hours to reach New Zealand, building to a height of 8 metres.
  • 1947 – two tsunami up to 10 metres high within a few months, caused by seafloor movements in Poverty Bay, destroy houses, bridges and roads in the Gisborne region.
  • 1960 – a huge earthquake in Chile sends a 5.5 metre tsunami. Many Gisborne residents unwisely flock to the shore to watch it, and are lucky that the low tide lessens the tsunami’s effects.
Storms
  • 1968 – Cyclone Giselle causes much storm damage throughout the country.
  • 1988 – Cyclone Bola rips off roofs, downs trees and causes major slips. Six people die.
  • 2013 – Strong winds, very heavy rain and thunderstorms crossed New Zealand. The very strong winds caused lots of damage, blew vehicles off roads, and brought down power lines, cutting the power supply to thousands of homes.
Volcanoes
  • 1995 – an eruption of Mount Ruapehu causes ash to fall across the region. Ash fallout could cause major disruption in the Gisborne region.
Floods
  • 2005 – all roads in and out of Gisborne are blocked by floods and slips, and crops are destroyed.
Landslides
  • 1914 – a magnitude 6.8 quake shakes the East Cape, causing large landslides.
  • 1988 – Cyclone Bola rips off roofs, downs trees and causes major slips. Six people die.
  • 2005 – all roads in and out of Gisborne are blocked by floods and slips, and crops are destroyed.

taranaki

Earthquakes
  • 1974 – a magnitude 6.0 earthquake at Opunake cracks chimneys and walls, and many shops in New Plymouth and Hawera report goods thrown from shelves.
Storms
  • 2004 – a tornado at Motonui destroys a house, killing two people.
  • 2007 – seven tornados hit the region during an electrical storm, damaging many houses and businesses.
  • 2013 – Strong winds, very heavy rain and thunderstorms crossed New Zealand. The very strong winds caused lots of damage, blew vehicles off roads, and brought down power lines, cutting the power supply to thousands of homes.
Volcanoes
  • 1755 – the last known eruption of Mount Taranaki. The mountain is still smoking when Captain James Cook sights it in 1769.
Floods
  • 1971 – the main shopping area of New Plymouth is evacuated as floodwaters cover the city.

hawksbay

Earthquakes
  • 1931 – a magnitude 7.8 quake strikes Napier, killing 256 people and destroying the city and nearby Hastings.
  • 1932 – the Wairoa earthquake, magnitude 6.9, damages buildings and topples the Wairoa River bridge.
  • 1897 – floodwater flows through Taradale, Clive and Napier. Two boats rescuing people on a bridge are overturned and 10 people drown.
  • 1938 – a flash flood kills 21 workers at a camp in Kōpuawhara.
Tsunami
  • 1868 – a tsunami from an earthquake in Chile takes 15 hours to reach New Zealand, building to a height of 8 metres.
  • 1960 – a footbridge and a gas-line are damaged at the Ahuriri Basin by a 3-metre tsunami from the Chilean earthquake.
Storms
  • 1968 – Cyclone Giselle causes much storm damage throughout the country.
  • 1988 – Cyclone Bola rips off roofs, downs trees and causes major slips. Six people die.
  • 2001 – a severe rainstorm causes millions of dollars of damage to buildings in Napier and Hastings.
  • 2013 – Strong winds, very heavy rain and thunderstorms crossed New Zealand. The very strong winds caused lots of damage, blew vehicles off roads, and brought down power lines, cutting the power supply to thousands of homes.
  • 1938 – during the Esk Valley Floods, thousands of acres of farmland are ruined, bridges are swept away and communications cut.
Volcanoes
  • – Although there are no volcanoes in Hawke's Bay, the area has been affected by ash falls, including from Mount Ruapehu in 1945, 1975, 1995 and 1996, and Mount Tongariro in 1896.
Floods
  • 2004 – intense rainfall and gale force winds in February cause flooding to many areas in New Zealand, leaving hundreds of people homeless, farmland covered in silt, sheep and cattle drowned or swept away, bridges damaged and roads closed.

manawatu

Earthquakes
  • 1843 – during the magnitude 7.5 Wanganui earthquake, a large part of Shakespeare Cliff breaks away, and buildings are destroyed.
  • 1897 – a magnitude 7.0 quake in Wanganui results in damaged crockery, levelled chimneys, cut water supplies, cracks in the ground and damaged railway tracks
  • 1934 – a magnitude 7.6 quake damages buildings and destroys chimneys in and around Pahiatua.
Storms
  • 1936 – 1936 – a cyclone destroys buildings and derails trains.
  • 2004 – intense rainfall and gale-force winds in February cause flooding to many areas in New Zealand, leaving hundreds of people homeless, farmland covered in silt, sheep and cattle drowned or swept away, bridges damaged and roads closed.
  • 2013 – Strong winds, very heavy rain and thunderstorms crossed New Zealand. The very strong winds caused lots of damage, blew vehicles off roads, and brought down power lines, cutting the power supply to thousands of homes.
Volcanoes
  • – Since 1839, Mount Ngaurahoe has erupted over 60 times, the last eruption was in 1975.
  • 1953 – a lahar from Mount Ruapehu destroys a rail bridge at Tangiwai. 51 people are killed when a train plunges into the river.
  • 1995 – black showers of ash from Mount Ruapehu disrupt air and ground traffic, and bring the ski season to an early end.
  • 2007 – the dam on the crater lake of Mount Ruapehu collapses, generating a lahar which creates a standing wave of about 3–4 metres in height as it passes down the Whangaehu River. The alarm system is activated, and there are no injuries.
Floods
  • 1990 – Cyclone Hilda causes the Whanganui River to flood, and 96 homes are evacuated.
  • 2004 – floods leave hundreds of people homeless, farmland covered in silt, sheep and cattle stock drowned or swept away, bridges damaged and roads closed.

nelson

Earthquakes
  • 1893 – the magnitude 6.9 Nelson earthquake cracks ceilings and crockery. The spire of Nelson Cathedral is nearly a metre out of vertical after the quake.
  • 1929 – the magnitude 7.8 Murchison earthquake damages buildings, including the tower and dormitories of Nelson College.
Tsunami
  • 1855 – a tsunami is caused by the Wairarapa earthquake.
Storms
  • 1968 – Cyclone Giselle, during which the Wahine sinks in Wellington Harbour, causes much storm damage in other parts of the country.
  • 2013 – Strong winds, very heavy rain and thunderstorms crossed New Zealand. The very strong winds caused lots of damage, blew vehicles off roads, and brought down power lines, cutting the power supply to thousands of homes.
Floods
  • 1990 – forty-five people are evacuated and one person is killed during flooding in Nelson/Tasman.
Landslides
  • 1929 – the magnitude 7.8 Murchison earthquake damages buildings, and causes massive landslides

marlborough

Earthquakes
  • 1848 – a magnitude 7.5 earthquake in Marlborough moves the ground by as much as seven metres.
  • 1966 – a magnitude 6.1 earthquake damages nearly every house in Seddon.
Tsunami
  • 1855 – a tsunami is caused by the Wairarapa earthquake.
Storms
  • 1968 – Cyclone Giselle, during which the Wahine sinks in Wellington Harbour, causes much storm damage in other parts of the country.
  • 2013 – Strong winds, very heavy rain and thunderstorms crossed New Zealand. The very strong winds caused lots of damage, blew vehicles off roads, and brought down power lines, cutting the power supply to thousands of homes.
Floods
  • 1938 – at Pukatea Bay three houses are wrecked by floods. Boulders, some estimated at up to 30 tons each, cover the area where they stood.
  • 2004 – parts of Picton and Waikawa Bay are flooded after heavy rainfall, and a civil defence emergency is declared due to the threat of a possible dam burst.

westcoast

Earthquakes
  • 1929 – the magnitude 7.8 Murchison earthquake leaves 17 dead. Some settlements are cut off for up to two weeks.
  • 1968 – a magnitude 7.0 earthquake strikes Inangahua Junction, causing landslides, blocked roads, buckled railway lines and cut communications. Two people die. Hundreds of people have to be evacuated by helicopter.
Tsunami
  • 1912 – a campsite near the sea is flooded in a 1.5 metre tsunami near Westport.
Storms
  • 2003 – a tornado in Greymouth damages twenty businesses in an industrial area.
  • 2005 – another tornado damages the port area of Greymouth, and results in the evacuation of a retirement home.
  • 2013 – Strong winds, very heavy rain and thunderstorms crossed New Zealand. The very strong winds caused lots of damage, blew vehicles off roads, and brought down power lines, cutting the power supply to thousands of homes.
Floods
  • 1935 – an 18-metre long span of the Kaniere Bridge over the Hokitika River is swept away and floats out to sea, causing a menace to shipping.
  • 1994 – a new record of 682mm of rain in 24 hours is set at Colliers Creek, causing slips and flooding.
  • 1998 – rivers burst their banks in the Karamea area, flooding homes and properties, and forcing evacuations.
Landslides
  • 2013 – huge storm causes a major landslide at Haast.

canterbury

Earthquakes
  • 1888 – a magnitude 7.2 earthquake in North Canterbury knocks the top off the spire of Christchurch Cathedral.
  • 1901 – Cheviot is badly damaged in a magnitude 7.3 quake, and a baby is killed in the collapse of a sod hut. Christchurch has many broken windows, cracked stonework and toppled chimneys.
  • 1929 – during a magnitude 7.3 earthquake at Arthur’s Pass, 60 million cubic metres of rock break off Falling Mountain.
  • 2010 – Canterbury (Darfield) earthquake causes huge amounts of damage to housing and the commercial centre of Christchurch. No lives are lost.
  • 2011 – a 6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes 10 km south-east of central Christchurch at a depth of only 5 km. With a death toll of 185, it is New Zealand’s worst natural disaster in terms of loss of life since 1931.
  • 2016 – On Monday 14th November a magnitude 7.8 earthquake at a depth of 15km occurred 15km north-east of Culverden.
Tsunami
  • 1960 – the Chilean earthquake causes a 5.5 metre tsunami in Lyttelton, which pours over the walls of the dry-dock.
  • 1998 – a massive tsunami that hit Papau New Guinea causes an 0.3-metre rise in water level at Lyttelton, Sumner and Timaru.
Storms
  • 1975 – a nor’wester windstorm blows roofs off buildings and flattens over 6,000 hectares of trees.
  • 2000 – the Lyttelton boat marina is destroyed in southerly storm.
  • 2002 – a severe snowstorm closes roads, schools and airports. Some roofs in Ashburton collapse under the weight of the snow, and there are many vehicle accidents.
  • 2006 – a large snowstorm delivers record snow depths to some parts of Canterbury, causing extended power cuts, collapsed roofs and closed roads. Many motorists are stranded in the snow.
  • 2013 – Strong winds, very heavy rain and thunderstorms crossed New Zealand. The very strong winds caused lots of damage, blew vehicles off roads, and brought down power lines, cutting the power supply to thousands of homes.
Floods
  • 1945 – South Canterbury. Flooding causes over $485,000 worth of damage, especially in Christchurch and Akaroa.
  • 1986 – Flooding results in $60 million worth of damage in Canterbury and Northern Otago.
Landslides
  • – The 2010 and 2011 earthquakes cause massive landslides in many parts of Canterbury
  • 2016 – It has been estimated that between 80,000 to 100,000 landslides were triggered by the earthquake and subsequent aftershocks in Kaikoura.

otago

Earthquakes
  • 1974 – a magnitude 4.9 earthquake in Dunedin causes cracked chimneys, fallen plaster and broken household goods.
Tsunami
  • 1877 – 3.7 metre waves in Port Chalmers.
Storms
  • 1863 – On 3rd and 4th of February a great storm swept across much of the country, wrecking 12 ships – including the Star of Tasmania and Water Nymph at Oamaru – and causing flash floods. More than 40 lives were lost.
  • 1978 – storm and flood damage result in a state of emergency being declared.
  • 1993 – storms generated in the Southern Ocean cause severe weather conditions.
  • 2013 – Strong winds, very heavy rain and thunderstorms crossed New Zealand. The very strong winds caused lots of damage, blew vehicles off roads, and brought down power lines, cutting the power supply to thousands of homes.
Floods
  • 1979 – the Taieri Plains, including Dunedin airport, are covered in floodwaters.
  • 1986 – Northern Otago and Canterbury floods cause $60 million damage.
  • 1999 – the main shopping areas of Queenstown and Wanaka are under water during flooding in Central Otago.
Landslides
  • 1979 – the largest landslip to occur in an urban area of New Zealand causes 600 people to be evacuated from Abbotsford, Dunedin.

southland

Earthquakes
  • 2003 – an earthquake in Fiordland (magnitude 7.1) lifts the seabed by 45cms and triggers more than 200 landslides.
  • 2004 – a magnitude 7.2 quake 240 kilometres south-west of Te Anau. Had it occurred under or near a population centre, there would have been major damage.
Tsunami
  • 1820 – a 10-metre local tsunami kills several hundred people at Orepuki.
  • 1998 – a 0.15-metre tsunami in Foveaux Strait from Antarctica reminds people that tsunami can come from the south as well as the Pacific.
Storms
  • 1978 – storm and flood damage result in a state of emergency being declared.
  • 1993 – storms generated in the Southern Ocean cause severe weather conditions.
  • 2013 – Strong winds, very heavy rain and thunderstorms crossed New Zealand. The very strong winds caused lots of damage, blew vehicles off roads, and brought down power lines, cutting the power supply to thousands of homes.
Floods
  • 1984 – 4,000 people are evacuated from their homes during flooding in Southland.
  • 1994 – roads and bridges are washed out in the Fiordland/Southern Lakes districts.
  • 1999 – worst flooding in 100 years in Central Otago and Southland.

chathamislands

Tsunami
  • 1868 – a 6-metre tsunami from Chile washes into the huts of a Māori village on the north-west coast of the main island. People rush to higher ground before the much higher second wave arrives 10 minutes later. The entire village, and several other houses, huts and boats are totally destroyed, and one person drowned.
  • 1924 – 6-metre waves from Chile pound the Chatham Islands.
  • 1960 – a tsunami from a huge earthquake in Chile affects the whole Pacific, including a 3-4m wave on the Chatham Islands.
Storms
  • 1985 – a vicious storm on the Chatham Islands destroys the Royal Albatross nesting habitat.

wellington

Earthquakes
  • 1848 – a magnitude 7.1 earthquake causes serious damage to buildings in Wellington and kills three people
  • 1855 – originating in the Wairarapa, the biggest earthquake in New Zealand’s modern history (magnitude 8.1-8.2) rearranges the whole Wellington coastline. Brick buildings in Wellington and the Wairarapa are destroyed and roads leading out of Wellington are blocked. Five people are killed.
  • 1942 – two earthquakes (one magnitude 7.2 and one 7.0) strike the Wairarapa only weeks apart, causing major damage to buildings, including 20,000 fallen chimneys in the Wellington region.
Tsunami
  • 1855 – a 10-metre tsunami is triggered by fault movement in Cook Strait during the Wairarapa earthquake.
Storms
  • 1936 – a cyclone sinks many boats. The inter-island ferry Rangatira runs onto rocks in Wellington Harbour.
  • 1968 – Cyclone Giselle rips off roofs and topples trees, causing 54 deaths, including 51 on board the inter-island ferry Wahine when it sinks in Wellington Harbour.
  • 2013 – Strong winds, very heavy rain and thunderstorms crossed New Zealand. The very strong winds caused lots of damage, blew vehicles off roads, and brought down power lines, cutting the power supply to thousands of homes.
Floods
  • 1840 – a flood on the Hutt River results in settlers moving their new town from Petone to Wellington.
  • 1858 – the Hutt River becomes a raging torrent, carrying away houses and killing nine people.
  • 1976 – flooding in the Hutt Valley and Wellington destroys houses, causes slips, and blocks roads, causing $30 million in damage.
  • 1998 – heavy rain swells rivers on the Kapiti Coast, sweeping one man to his death.
  • 2002 – the worst flooding in 50 years hits the Wairarapa.
  • 2003 – heavy rain causes a mud slide to destroy a motel, and floods shops and homes in Kapiti.
  • 2004 – 500 people in Lower Hutt are evacuated due to floodwaters.
  • 2015 – flooding in Petone.
Landslides
  • 2003 – heavy rain causes a mud slide to destroy a motel, and floods shops and homes in Kapiti.