At least one person has died in a fiery crash north of Taupō after a collision between a car and a heavy truck on Tuesday morning.
Emergency services were called at around 2:30am to the crash on State Highway 1 north of Atiamuri near the Bull Ring Café.
Police say both vehicles caught fire and expect the road to be closed for a number of hours.
"At this point, at least one person has been confirmed deceased, however emergency services are still working to separate the crashed vehicles," a police spokesperson says.
"Emergency services will be working at the complex scene for some time."
Diversions in place for traffic in the area
Northbound traffic is being diverted west onto SH30 at Atiamuri to Whakamaru, then north on SH32 back to Tokoroa. Signage is at Tokoroa for southbound traffic using the same route.
Southbound traffic on SH30 from Rotorua is being diverted north to Tokoroa then west and south on SH32 and SH30, back to Atiamuri.