Three people have been have been taken to hospital following a two-car crash.
The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to State Highway 3, near the Awakino Gorge tunnel around 4pm.
A spokesperson for the rescue chopper says two female patients were airlifted to Waikato Hospital, both with moderate injuries.
"One was the sole occupant driver of one vehicle the other woman a passenger.
"Taranaki Rescue Helicopter flew one critical patient from the scene to Waikato Hospital also."
Police are investigating the crash.