One person has died in a crash on State Highway 5 between Taupo and Rotorua.

Police said emergency services were called to the crash, just north of Tutukau Rd, at Waimahana, at 7.40am today.

Two cars collided head-on, leaving one person dead and another trapped in a vehicle.

A helicopter was at the scene waiting to take the trapped person to hospital, police said.


Traffic diversions are in place around the crash scene.