State Highway 25 is closed to traffic from a point around 10 kilometres north-east of Waihi - on the road to Whiritoa and Whangamata.

Local Focus has been told the cause is a major slip which brought down a tree north of here.

Whangamata township is reportedly out of petrol. Thames-Coromandel Council is urging people not to drive.

A spokesperson says even roads that are open are likely to have debris which is yet to be cleared by firefighters.

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State Highway 25 has also been closed on the other side of the peninsula south of Thames.

And there are major delays on State Highway 2 through the Karangahake Gorge.

Civil Defence centres have been set up in Papanui and Whangamata.

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