State Highway 35 is closed east of Ōpōtiki in Bay of Plenty due to a police incident.
Police say the incident, in the vicinity of Opape Beach, was reported at around 6.15am this morning.
The road will be closed for some time today, they said.
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, police said.
They advise people travelling west from areas of the Cape delay their travel plans.
Motorists are advised to seek alternative routes and avoid the area if at all possible.