Two people have been critically injured after a ute they were in, with five others, crashed into a bank in north Taranaki in the early hours of the morning.

Police are investigating the serious crash which happened in Waitara at 4.30am.

In a statement police said two were critically injured and were transported to hospital.

The Serious Crash Unit is investigation.

Diversions are in place at the intersections of SH3 and Princess Street and SH3 and Devon Road.