Three people are dead and five injured in a crash involving two vehicles in the Mackenzie District.
Emergency services are at the scene on Braemar Rd in Tekapo in the Mackenzie District.
Initial indications suggested three people received critical injuries, while seven others had a range of injuries, with some believed to be serious.
However, police later confirmed only five people were injured, not seven.
Two are in a serious condition while three received minor to moderate injuries.
Police are asking motorists to avoid the area.
The Serious Crash Unit are also in attendance and are assisting with a scene examination.