A man has died after a crash on State Highway 35 near Ōpape Beach, east of Ōpōtiki in the Bay of Plenty.
Emergency services were alerted to the incident at 6.15am today.
State Highway 35 was closed for several hours but has now reopened.
Diversions were in place and police had asked travellers to avoid the area.
SH35 TOATOA (EAST OF OPOTIKI) – 6:50AM
A serious crash has closed a small section of #SH35 in Toatoa between Herema Rd and the Eastern end of Opape Rd. A short localised detour is in place via Opape Rd. Expect delays. More here: https://t.co/fj6SN5S5Zs. ^MF pic.twitter.com/YtHT9fUvmX
— Waka Kotahi NZTA Waikato/BoP (@WakaKotahiWaiBP) December 23, 2021
Police are making enquiries in relation to the death on behalf of the coroner.
They are appealing for sightings or dashcam footage of a man on this part of the road last night or this morning.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 105 and quote job number P049061590.
Information can also be passed on anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.