One person has died after a serious crash on State Highway 3 in Awakino, Waitomo.
Two people received serious injuries and two others moderate injuries in a two-vehicle crash at 6.17pm.
The Serious Crash Unit are at the scene and assisting with an examination.
Helicopters were dispatched from New Plymouth and Hamilton.
NZTA are advising motorists to avoid the area as the highway has been shut at both ends of Papakauri Road.
FINAL UPDATE 6.55PM— NZTA Waikato/BoP (@NZTAWaiBoP) February 20, 2019
SH3 is CLOSED at both ends of Papakauri Road, due to a serious crash. Detour routes are likely to be set up. Avoid the area or follow directions of emergency services. All future updates on this crash here: https://t.co/x5EOQXVVh7. ^MF https://t.co/wrKJh6GYN0