Uniformed police officer escorts ducklings across pedestrian crossing

How did the ducklings cross the road? In this case, it was with the help of a friendly police officer.

Whakatāne resident Marylou Bruys caught the adorable scene on video while teaching at her driving school.

She and the 16-year-old student came up to a roundabout when something at one of the crossings caught their eye.

"I've been a driving instructor for a long time and I've never seen that... Is that cute or what?" Ms Bruys told Newshub.

A uniformed police officer and a member of the public were escorting a mama duck and her brood across the road - and just like respectful road users, they used the crossing.

The ducks then headed back towards the river, towards their presumed home.

"It's just one of those things you see in a smaller town," Ms Bruys said.

"It's something to make people smile for the day. I think it's just kind of a feel good story that everyone looks at and thinks, 'Oh that's so cute'."

Ms Bruys shared the video on her Facebook page and so far has more than 50,000 views.

"I've had nothing but positiveness from it and people are happy and I think that's really cool."