One person has died following a crash on State Highway 1, near Moerewa.
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The crash between two vehicles occurred around 2.40pm.
A large amount of traffic was building and motorists were advised to avoid the area.
The Serious Crash Unit was investigating the scene.
The section of State Highway 1 was expected to remain closed for some time, police said, with traffic being diverted through Paihia.
Two people also sustained minor injuries in the crash.