Two people have been killed in a two-car crash near the far north town of Kaeo.
Police were called to the crash on State Highway 10 at 2:20pm on Saturday.
Four people were trapped in the vehicles - three in one and one person in the other.
Police say two people have died, while a third has been airlifted to Auckland City Hospital with serious injuries.
The road is blocked both ways and diversions are in place at SH10 and Matauri Bay Rd and at SH10 and Whangaroa Rd.
The serious crash unit is investigating.