UPDATED 11.59: One person has died following a crash on State Highway 5, north of Rotorua.
The crash, which happened shortly before 9.30am, involved a car and a campervan.
Police say the deceased person is believed to have been a passenger in the car.
"The Serious Crash Unit has been notified and will investigate the cause of the crash.
"State Highway 5 has reopened, although motorists can expect continued delays as traffic in the area clears."
State Highway 5, north of Rotorua, is closed as emergency services deal with a serious crash.
“The road is currently blocked in both directions near the intersection with Maraeroa Road,” says a statement from police.
“Motorists can expect delays and are requested to take alternative routes where possible.
“More information will be provided as soon as it is available.”
We will update this story as soon as we have more information.
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