A house was on fire and police had closed roads and were carrying out evacuations following a "serious incident".
Six people were pulled from the property following the explosion.
Fifty residents were evacuated and taken to the Styxx Mill country club immediately after the explosion.
Six people are in hospital - with injuries ranging from serious to critical - following this morning's explosion in Marble Court, Northwood, which sent debris flying 100 metres in all directions and left the house looking like "matchsticks".
"We started pulling people out of the rubble and asked how many people were [left] in the house and they said five and we were able to get all five of them out before the emergency services arrived".
"It's caused a lot of destruction to other houses, its blown the garage door right of the next-door neighbour's house". "A further 17 properties have been impacted by debris", Fire and Emergency NZ said in a statement.
"We're working the street over and we just heard the biggest bang we've ever heard, it felt like an quake".
People thought to have been inside the home are seen shortly after they were evacuated being treated by paramedics, with blankets placed over them.
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"We were trying to talk to [the residents there] and they were just stone cold, like they were pretty much deaf, they can't even hear anything."
"We've got our gas experts having a look at that", St John territory manager Craig Dowling told the New Zealand Herald.
"It was more than an quake, you'd think a bomb had gone off".
Police did not identify the cause of the incident but suspect it was a gas explosion. Authorities are still investigating the cause.
James Looyer, who witnessed the incident, told Stuff.co.nz he was working close by when he heard the explosion.
He said he went inside the still-burning house to help evacuate people.
"We've had housing insulation raining down on our property so something's obviously had quite a large explosion".
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