Hamilton may have been the wettest place in New Zealand last year but water restrictions are now in place.
It claimed the title in the latest climate summary for last year released by Niwa last week.
New water restrictions are also in place for Hamilton and the Waikato District. It comes after recent high water use and long-term weather forecasts for hot weather.
Hamilton City Council spokesman Tim Harty said Hamilton had used more than 70 million litres of water each day for the past five days.
He said the restrictions meant sprinklers and irrigation systems could only be used between 6am and 8am, and 6pm and 8pm on alternate days.