Military training exercise underway north of Auckland

A military exercise involving automatic weapons is currently underway in Riverhead Forest, north of Auckland.

Residents and others in the area have been advised not to be alarmed over the sound of military gunfire, police said in a statement.

Some areas of the forest may not be accessible to the public during this time.

The exercise is expected to finish at around 6pm.

New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) soldiers. Source: NZDF/Flickr