A penguin has been seen walking down the middle of a busy Mt Maunganui highway - yes, you read that right.

Police confirmed they received a report of a penguin walking along the median strip of Hewletts Rd, near Hocking St, at 11.33am.

"It was walking towards the water," the spokeswoman said.

Police arrived at Hewletts Rd but were unable to find the penguin anywhere, the spokeswoman said.

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Businesses in the area say they have not seen any penguin on the road.

A penguin believed to look this one pictured has been seen walking down the middle of a busy Mount Maunganui highway. Photo/file
A penguin believed to look this one pictured has been seen walking down the middle of a busy Mount Maunganui highway. Photo/file