Magnitude 6.1 Earthquake Hits New Zealand During Royal Visit

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake has struck New Zealand's North Island.

Residents across the capital Wellington and in the city of New Plymouth were rattled by the 207km-deep tremor.

It was centred 25km southwest of Taumarunui and described as strong, according to GeoNet.

New Zealand's parliament, sitting at the time, was suspended after the prolonged rumble to allow for the precinct's buildings to be checked.

Tens of thousands of people across the centre of the country have reported feeling the shaking.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand said there had been no reports of damage and there is no tsunami risk, according to civil defence.

The quake was initially put at a magnitude of 6.2.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are currently in New Zealand as part of their royal tour. They spent the morning in Aukland, taking part in a gumboot throwing competition.

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex react during a gumboot throwing competition. Photo: AAP

Lead photo: USGS