Muriwhenua area fire commander Wipari Henwood has reported a quiet night after crews were put on standby for flooding in the Far North as the tide rose.

High tide was 7.25pm in Opua yesterday and Mr Henwood said there were concerns about the rising flood waters in Moerewa and Kawakawa.

At 4pm yesterday, the water was lapping at the road at the bridge at the bottom of Turntable Hill in Moerewa and at both sides of the road at Kawakawa's Three Bridges.

In response a co-ordination centre was set up at Whangarei Fire Station and four crews from Auckland and were sent to Kawakawa to help if the area became isolated.


However he said "high tide came and went" and the bridges didn't flood.

He said it was a high risk area due to the water collected in the wider catchment area.

"We're were lucky that a lot of that flow came through earlier."

At 8pm, alll crews were stood down.

According to Metservice, drizzle is expected in Northland today which turns to occasional rain this afternoon with some heavy falls.

The rain is expected to easy tonight.

Tomorrow is forecast to be partly cloudy with isolated showers in northern area, clearing in the evening. In the south, morning cloud breaking to a fine day with light winds.

Meanwhile, State Highway 11 remains closed due to a giant slip at Lemon's Hill, between Kawakawa and Opua, with no indication as of noon today about when it is likely to re-open.

The Advocate understands one lane is passable to emergency vehicles but it won't be opened to the public until engineers are confident the slip face is stable.

An update is expected later today. The slip occurred early Tuesday morning, trapping father and son Tony and Matthew Millar under a falling tree as they were driving to work in Opua.