Hundreds of cows have escaped a property in Mangakino this evening and are causing issues on a local road.

The Fire Service has been called to Poihipi Road following reports that a large number of cows were on the road.

A northern fire communications spokeswoman said they had been told there were about 400 animals involved.

Just before 10pm, she said fire crews had not yet arrived at the scene, but had been called in to help with the situation.