An undersea earthquake off the East Cape of New Zealand, measuring 6.5, has been widely felt around the North Island.
Damage was reported at Ohope, in the eastern Bay of Plenty, when the quake struck about 150km off the coast about 10.37am (NZDT) on Monday.
GeoNet said the severe quake was about 31km underground.
Civil Defence says the quake is unlikely to have caused a threatening tsunami.
GeoNet recorded more than 1600 people reporting the quake, with most people saying it felt light.
Twenty-two people reported it as moderate with just one person at Ohope reporting damage.
'It was just really a long rolling one and then quite a strong jolt, and it carried on rolling and that was it,' said Ohope Beach Primary School's Jenny McKenzie.
However, she did not think it was bad enough to cause any damage, she told NZ Newswire.