Police have located the prisoner who escaped from a police vehicle in the Pyes Pa Road area earlier today.
The 19-year-old European man escaped from a police van while being transported from Tauranga to Rotorua at about 1.45pm.
Police say the offender is not considered dangerous.
Police at the entrance to a Pyes Pa Road property where they are searching for an escaped prisoner.
Six police cars including two unmarked vehicles and a dog handling unit were involved in the search for the escapee.
The man described as having shoulder length blonde hair, wearing a black sweatshirt, black track pants, bare feet was found at an address with known links to the escapee at about 3.45pm.
Two police officers were also stationed at the Pyes Pa Primary School this afternoon.
Police say the man will now be facing additional charges.
A full investigation into the incident has been launched.