Police are investigating an unexplained death at a property near Taupo.
A man believed to be in his 60s was discovered by a member of the public at 8.45am on Friday lying by rural Maroa Road off State Highway 1. His vehicle was found a few hundred metres away.
Police say a post-mortem will be carried out on Saturday and are keeping an open mind about how he died.
They say initial inquires suggest that the man would have been travelling along the highway towards Taupo between about 5.30pm and 6.30pm on Thursday driving a white Hyundai van.