UPDATED 10.22AM: Five people have been killed in a crash near Taupo.
Emergency services were called to the single vehicle crash on Tirohanga Road, shortly before 7.40am.
"Police can confirm five people have died following the single vehicle crash on Tirohanga Road, Taupo District," says a police spokesperson.
"Motorists are asked to avoid Tirohanga Road while a scene examination is carried out."
Police have confirmed that more than one person has died in a single-vehicle crash in the Taupo District this morning.
The incident was reported shortly before 7.40am on Tirohanga Road, near Okama Road.
One person has been transported to Waikato Hospital by helicopter with serious injuries, while it is not yet known how many people have died as a result of the crash.
“The road will be closed for some hours and motorists are advised to avoid the area,” says a police spokesperson.
SunLive will update this story as more information becomes available.