Lengthy road closures on SH35
State Highway 35 is expected to be closed for some time today while police respond to an incident reported at about 6.15am.
The road closure is in the vicinity of Ōpape Beach, east of Ōpōtiki.
"People travelling to the East Cape and areas east of Ōpape Beach should consider delaying their journey, or take SH2 from Ōpōtiki and travel via Gisborne," says a statement from police.
"Those travelling west from areas of the Cape should also delay their travel plans."
Earlier this morning, NZTA reported a serious crash in the area, police are yet to confirm this.
SunLive will provide updates as soon as they are available.