Police are searching for a woman missing near the foot of the Kaimai Range.
Ola Shahin, aged 24 of Mount Maunganui was reported missing at 7am this morning.
A police spokesperson says LandSAR teams and volunteers are actively searching in the Lindemann Road area, near Katikati.
“There are concerns for her wellbeing.”
Police, LandSAR volunteers and a dog unit are actively searching in the Kaimai bush at the end of Lindemann Road, and will continue until later tonight.
If Ola is not located, the search will be resumed in the morning, says Sergeant Craig Madden.
If you see Ola, or may have seen her since earlier today, please contact Tauranga Police on 07 577 4300 immediately.
"We also ask that if you saw a grey 2006 Toyota hatchback registration HZG668 in the area since early this morning that you ring Police right away.
Police would appreciate it if members of the public could avoid using tracks in the Lindemann Road area while the search is underway."
A caller to the SunLive newsroom earlier this afternoon reported being turned back by police while driving up Lindemann Road at around 3.40pm.
He says he saw police in attendance, as well as the fire service, and was told they were searching for a missing person.