A large shark has been spotted off the popular Mt Maunganui swimming beach.
The shark, reported to be between two- and three-metres long, was spotted about 250m off Pilot Bay morning.
Surf lifeguards are out on the water looking for it and police were on the beach warning people.
Shark sightings are not uncommon in the area, says Senior Sergeant Karl Konlechner.
The beach remained open.
"As always, swimmers make their own judgment whether they choose to share the ocean with its regular inhabitants," he said.