Two people in a stolen car went bush after fleeing police in the central North Island.
The driver fled from police on the Desert Road about 3pm on Saturday, police say.
The car was dumped on Tree Trunk Gorge Road before the driver and passenger, possibly a man and woman, ran through nearby bush.
Police believe both are still in the area.
They are appealing for any sightings of hitchhikers or pedestrians on the Desert Road between Rangipo and Waioura on Saturday evening.