A strong earthquake was recorded near Christchurch on Sunday morning.
The earthquake measured 4.2 and was just 5 kilometres deep, centred 5 kilometres south-east of Christchurch. Police said they had no reports of damage.
Parts of southern Hawkes Bay were also rattled by an earthquake early on Sunday morning.
The 3.4 quake at 2.51am was centred 25 km north-east of Porangahau,and was a depth of 43 kilometres, GeoNet said.