A yacht has been swept to shore, while a commercial longliner is taking on water and leaking fuel on the Coromandel Peninsula.
The Waikato Regional Council says the longliner in Whangamatā Harbour is still attached to its mooring but is listing.
Its 500-litre diesel fuel tank is leaking into the sea.
The coastguard was stopped from helping due to choppy seas and high wind.
It comes after MetService warned the North Island was likely to get a lashing of wind and rain, which has resulted in debris and slips on the roads and partial closures for motorists.
For the rest of today, the most widespread and heaviest rain is forecast to impact the Waikato, BoP, Hawke’s Bay and lower North Island.
Note the purple colouring which indicates the risk for heavier rain.
Travellers watch for changeable conditions. pic.twitter.com/9CQplPvbLF
— NIWA Weather (@NiwaWeather) May 31, 2020
MetService’s heavy rain warning is in place until 6pm, and rain continues to fall across most of the North Island.
Regional on scene commander Derek Hartley said the weather conditions meant the council could not use its marine oil spill equipment.
A yacht in Whitianga is also resting on rocks above the high tide but has no fuel on board.
Salvage experts are working to recover the yacht to assess it for damage.
We’ve made it back to the ‘tron safely but only JUST got through before they closed the road here at Hikuai. It may be another night in the Coromandel for some folks. pic.twitter.com/EQAfitaEiK
— #HamiltonHumans/@roddelnz (@hamilton_humans) June 1, 2020