A magnitude 6 earthquake has struck near New Zealand's South Island

A diving platform floats on Lake Wanaka, New Zealand. Photo: Getty Images

A magnitude 6 earthquake has been recorded 30km north-west of Wanaka, on New Zealand’s South Island.

The earthquake was recorded by GeoNet, who provide real-time monitoring and data collection in New Zealand for response and research into earthquakes.

The NZ Herald reports the quake was felt as far north as Wellington.

The quake occurred at a depth of 5km and was reported to be “severe”, however, GeoNet said it was unlikely to cause damage because it was so deep.

The snow-capped mountains around the area have been used extensively in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and Hobbit film series.

Here’s a map of the area where the earthquake occurred:

Image: Google Maps

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