A driver has escaped unharmed after his car left Hamurana Rd and ended up in Lake Rotorua.

A police media spokeswoman said the car went into the lake about 1.5km from the intersection with State Highway 33.

A Rotorua Daily Post reporter at the scene said the car had been retrieved and put on a tow truck.

The sister of the car's driver said her brother had managed to climb out of the car, and was okay.

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The road is down to one lane, with fire and police at the scene.