State Highway 2 is closed near Whakatane due to a large slip blocking the road.

The NZ Transport Agency said the Waimana Gorge was closed between Taneatua and Kutarere.

It was not known when the road would reopen.

Drivers were advised to allow extra time for a detour through Whakatane, Ohope and Wainui.

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SH2 WAIMANA GORGE - ROAD CLOSED - 6:00AM, FRI 20 JUL Due to a large slip State Highway 2 is currently closed in the...

Posted by NZ Transport Agency Waikato BoP on Thursday, 19 July 2018

A police spokeswoman said the slip, near the intersection with Fraser Rd, was first reported about 9.10pm.