Catastrophic weather has continued to wreak havoc across New Zealand as residents share terrifying footage of the devastating storms and floods.
In Auckland, at least three people have died and one is missing after record rainfall battered the city on Friday and Saturday, turning roads into gushing rivers and destroying properties.
Friday was the wettest day in the history of Auckland with the amount of rain typically falling over the entire summer striking in just one day.
A state of emergency remains in place in Auckland and Waitomo, about 190km south of the capital.
The north and west parts of the city have been hit the hardest with a number of harrowing stories emerging from the suburbs including a Good Samaritan – trying to help his neighbours – dying moments after posting on social media about the dire situation.
At least three people have died and one is missing after record rainfall battered Auckland on Friday and over the weekend
According to New Zealand’s weather service, a record 249millimetres of rain fell on Auckland Airport in two hours from Friday morning local time.
The figure smashed a February 1985 record of 161.8mm.
The wild weather prompted a state of emergency to be declared and the highly anticipated Elton John concert was cancelled.
One of the flood victims – who was found dead in a culvert in Wairau Valley – shared videos of himself wading through floodwaters offering assistance to affected residents, according to NZ media.
In a video posted to Facebook on Friday, the man could be heard saying ‘this is all bad … it’s all bad’.
‘Something’s telling me to go up and check on the people in this house, so I’m going to,’ he said.
The man could be seen walking through floodwater talking to people outside their property.
Shortly afterward – in another clip which would be his last – he appeared to drop his phone in the water.
On Saturday, shocking vision emerged of the aftermath of a $5million home being destroyed in a landslide.
The partially collapsed mansion could be seen perched on the edge of a cliff which had been eroded by pounding rain.
Footage captured a partially collapsed multi-million dollar mansion perched on the edge of a cliff eroded by pounding rain
A man who filmed the footage from his boat described the scene as ‘unbelievable’.
‘Look at this absolute chaos,’ he said.
‘That house is right on the edge there. I mean, there’s nothing there. It’s almost gone.’
The landslides are just one of the many impacts from the New Zealand storms.
On Saturday afternoon, the InterIslander ferry, a ferry that travels between the north and south islands, completely lost power in the middle of the Cook Strait.
Passengers travelling from Picton in the south island to Wellington in the north sent out a mayday after losing power in 100km winds in the Cook Strait.
A passenger captured footage of the inside of the stranded Interislander ferry travelling from Picton in the South Island to Wellington on Saturday
The 800 passengers on board the Kaitaki ferry were sent to emergency stations and issued life jackets as the boat drifted out at sea with its anchors down.
The vessel temporarily had lost propulsion power near the end of its journey.
It eventually regained some power but had to be escorted by tug boats to safety in Wellington.
The 800 passengers on board the Kaitaki ferry were sent to emergency stations and issued life jackets as the ferry drifted out at sea with its anchors down
One passenger captured footage of the inside of the stranded ferry.
In a video uploaded to social media on Saturday, the young woman films herself in an orange life jacket from inside the vessel.
She then moves the camera around the inside of the boat, showing dozens of passengers hurriedly securing life jackets to themselves and their children.
‘Crusing on the InterIslander but not sailing to the other side,’ the video caption read.
On Friday, around 2,000 people became stuck when flood waters engulfed Auckland Airport.
Photographs uploaded to social media showed the international terminal submerged in floodwaters with levels reaching to the knees of passengers.
The Friday night Elton John show was called off 30 minutes before the start time leaving concert goers having to catch public transport home
Emergency services were able to send passengers home as floodwaters subsided overnight with domestic and international flights cancelled.
The domestic airport re-opened for travel on Saturday and international passenger departures resumed early on Sunday Morning.
Footage emerged of shoppers on Saturday wading through flooded supermarkets and riding on inundated buses in Auckland.
The Friday night Elton John show was called off 30 minutes before the start time leaving concert goers fuming and having to catch public transport home.