Waterfalls from balconies and rivers flowing down roads are the images of a very wet Sunday in Auckland.
The Fire Service said it was called to 321 properties in Auckland on Sunday, of which 225 were in west Auckland.
It responded to 582 emergency calls from 6am on Sunday.
At the peak of the deluge across Auckland, Waikato and into Rotorua the Fire Service was receiving a 111 call every 24 seconds.
Homes were flooded in the Auckland suburbs of Glen Eden, Titirangi, Green Bay and New Lynn.
Ten people were rescued from flooded shops in New Lynn and the Bunnings store was evacuated after its floor was raised 300mm.