Woman critical after hit and run

A woman is in a critical condition in hospital after a hit and run near Rotorua in the early hours of this morning.

Police would not confirm any details of the incident but it is understood it took place at about 3.30am on State Highway 33 near Okere Falls.

The road has been closed since the arrival of emergency services and residents had been told it would remain that way until at least 1pm.

Staff at the Okere Falls Store said they had been told investigators from Wellington were heading to the scene of what had been described as "a hit and run".

It is understood a person was arrested as a result of the incident.