The Napier-Taupo Road is shut at Rangitaiki after a serious crash involving two cars.
One lane on the main road between Napier and Taupo is blocked.
The Serious Crash Unit has been notified and two helicopters have been sent to the area.
Police said the incident happened at about midday.
The serious crash unit is investigating.
SH5 RANGITAIKI - ROAD CLOSED - SERIOUS CRASH - 1:40PM— NZTA Waikato/BoP (@NZTAWaiBoP) December 31, 2018
Due to a serious crash #SH5 is currently CLOSED between Taupo & Napier in the Rangitaiki area. No detour is available. Please delay your journey: https://t.co/tJ74SJHPoA ^TP pic.twitter.com/WMM78CSmWy