Cyclone Dovi is expected to bring severe weather to large parts of the North Island this weekend as the storm tracks southwards from the Pacific.
Dovi is currently south of New Caledonia and is classified as a category three tropical storm, meaning it has wind speeds of between 119kph and 157ph.
The cyclone will bring strong winds and create large swells on Auckland’s west coast as it approaches the country from the northwest.
MetService has provided heavy rain warnings and watches for central areas from Taranaki to Buller from Friday evening into Sunday.
Strong wind warnings have also been issued for northern and central New Zealand.
It is expected to cross the central North Island on Sunday or Monday.