State Highway 1 south of Taupo has reopened after a two-car crash blocked traffic this afternoon.
Emergency services were called to the scene after five people were injured, two seriously, in the incident near Rotongaio Road, Hatepe, just after 4pm, a police spokesperson told 1 NEWS.
State Highway 1 between Anzac Memorial Drive and SH1/SH42 intersection is now closed, the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) said in a tweet.
Two people sustained moderate injuries in the crash, while one other received minor injuries.
The road is open under stop/go management.