The quake, measuring magnitude 4.1, struck 15km northwest of Wellington just after 2.30am.
Geonet said the quake caused light shaking across the region.
More than 2100 people reported feeling the quake from as far afield as Bay of Plenty and Christchurch.
Many living in the Wellington region described it as a noisy quake that could be heard several seconds before it struck.
"I was already awake working and heard it coming. Rumble then shake," posted Tracy Wellington.