A tree blown down by high winds has smashed a dinghy near Taupo.

Matthew and Michelle Whitbread-Edwards, who live on a lifestyle block near Whakaipo Bay northwest of the town, said a strong gust of wind brought the tree down on top of the dinghy just after 2pm.

"We heard this big wind come through and then next minute this huge crash," Michelle said.

The gust also took out the power line to the family's water tank. The wind blew though quickly and stopped.


"It was really rainy, and just all of a sudden there was this wind. There is hardly a breath of wind now and the sun's out," she said.

"It was just this one tree that has come down and smashed our dinghy. We're just glad it wasn't the one that would have taken our garage down."