A large tree is blocking State Highway 35 in both directions, near Opotiki.

It fell on to the road near the intersection with Maraenui Pa Rd last night, causing a major slip according to NZTA.

The road is expected to remain closed until late Saturday morning.

A detour is in place via Gisborne however, NZTA have warned motorists that it will add several hours to their journey.

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Police urged road users to avoid overnight travel in the area on Friday.

They advised anyone planning on travelling in Maraenui to wait until the morning.