A body has been found inside of a van which crashed into the Kawarau River near Queenstown yesterday.
Motorists found debris on the side of State Highway 6 near the Victoria Flats Bridge about 6.40pm yesterday.
A van was later found partially submerged in the Kawarau River, about 30km from Queenstown.
Police said officers secured the vehicle by wire rope and a scene guard was in place overnight.
The van was recovered today, and a dive squad was sent to search for any occupants.
Police said they had not yet formally identified the body and were carrying out further inquiries.
The Coroner has been notified.