Part of State Highway 1 south of Whangarei, at Puwera, is closed after a fatal crash at 3am this morning.
One person is dead and eight others were injured – with one person critically injured.
Police said the driver of one car, who was alone in his vehicle, died at the scene.
The eight occupants of the other vehicle were taken to Whangerei Hospital.
The road will be open again shortly.