The earthquake was felt as far away as Wellington and Motueka. (file photo)
A magnitude 3.7 earthquake north of Opunake woke several people up in the wee hours of Thursday.
The quake, which was 16km deep, struck at 12.12am and was felt as far away as Wellington and Motueka, GeoNet’s website said.
More than 1600 people reported feeling the quake with GeoNet, with one person saying it was extreme but the majority, 995 people, saying it was a light quake.
On social media people reported feeling a sharp jolt that had woken those who were asleep. Others said they had slept right through it.
There were two other earthquakes that went unfelt overnight. One south-east of Hāwera at 5.17am and another shortly after the Opunake quake east of Stratford at 12.18am.
Both were more than 100km deep.