Police received information that a male with a warrant to arrest was at a property on Tarawera Road yesterday evening.
Police units, including the Armed Offenders Squad, attended, and the road was cordoned off for a time.
The male was not located and police inquiries are continuing.
Part of a Rotorua street was blocked tonight while the Armed Offenders Squad searched a property.
A police media centre spokeswoman said the Armed Offenders Squad was carrying out a search warrant at a Tarawera Rd address.
No further details were available.