Twelve households have been evacuated after a landslide blocked part of The Terrace in central Wellington on Monday afternoon.
The slip occurred towards the southern end of the road, which is closed between Buller St and Ghuznee St.
Fire trucks that were dispatched have been stood down for the night and will return in the morning to reassess risk and damage in the area.
Fire and Emergency crews responded to the landslide at 3.42 pm.
Wellington City Council has evacuated 12 homes at risk of being damaged by the landslide.
As many of the evacuated households are flats, around 20 people have had to leave their homes.
Alternate accommodation has been made available to those affected, but most are staying with friends and family.
At this stage, the council understands nobody has been injured.
The affected area of the road is expected to be closed overnight.
Motorists and pedestrians are being asked to stay away.
There were concerns about a broken gas main in the area, however the problem was resolved at 8pm by crews onsite.
There have been 11 landslips in the Wellington area on Monday alone.
Wellington City Council has said that slips in the steeper parts of the city are becoming more frequent and have asked people to take care on their commutes.