Wanted man Rawden Yates is in custody after a major police operation on the Karikari Peninsula in the Far North this afternoon.
Yates, 35, had been wanted after an alleged aggravated robbery and kidnapping.
Police say he was arrested "without incident" in the Whatuwhiwhi township today.
Armed police had reportedly set up a roadblock to stop and search cars coming in and out of Inland Rd off State Highway 10 -- the road leading to Matai Bay up the Karikari Peninsula.
They are appealing for recent sightings of the vehicle he was found in this afternoon and is believed to have been using in recent days -- a Nissan Patrol 4x4, registration TQ2892.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on (09) 408 6500 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.