Roadway jetboat jaunt caught on camera

A driver tackling one of the South Island's many flooded thoroughfares has captured the moment another traveller took a unique approach to the challenge, cruising down the road in a jetboat.

Jorge Moraes shared two videos to Instagram showing the boat's cheeky move, as it cruised past a convoy of four-wheel-drive vehicles on a road thought to be near Lake Wānaka.

Moraes said: "The guy leaves the lake and comes on to the street."

The video was posted on Saturday, amid a weekend of drastic weather across the country.

A reprieve from the flooding, thunderstorms, lightning strikes and flooding is expected in the coming days.

MetService forecaster Paul Ngamanu said the current front bringing thunderstorms would slowly move off the North Island in the next few days, as a ridge brings fine weather to much of the country.