Two kayakers who failed to return to shore as expected have been pulled to safety by boaties in Whangārei Heads.
Police say they received a report about the missing kayakers around 5.50pm as darkness set in.
The Advocate understands the search for the kayakers unfolded in the water near Wharf Rd in Parua Bay.
A witness said they saw a police car parked at the end of the road with its lights on shining at the water around the wharf shortly before 7pm.
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He was unable to see if anyone was out on the water due to the "pitch black" conditions.
A short while police confirmed to the Advocate that they had made contact with one of the kayakers who indicated they may have gotten in "some trouble" in the water.
"[...] but they've been picked up by a boat and are safe," the police spokesperson said.