Weatherwatch.co.nz, Sunday, 29 Dec 2013.
Travellers are being urged to avoid the east coast of the Coromandel as heavy rain has brought flooding to many coastal communities, police say.
Overnight heavy rain, which was still continuing, had resulted in several areas being flooded and a number of slips, officer in charge of Thames-Coromandel road policing Sergeant Jim Corbett said.
Some campgrounds have been evacuated.
“Flooding has been reported in Tairua, Pauanui and Matarangi, Whitianga and a number of other locations with camping grounds at Opoutere and Cooks Beach flooded.