A woman and four children are missing in Te Urewera. Search and rescue teams and a helicopter have been searching in the Otamatuna Ridge area overnight and continue today.
Police were alerted just before 4 ‘clock yesterday afternoon when the five people were reported overdue from a walk.
The age of the children ranges from four to nine.
They had been dropped off just after 1pm on Tuesday for a one to two-hour walk.
Anyone with any sightings of the walking party are asked to contact Bay of Plenty Police on 07 348-0099.