Two bodies have now been recovered from a car that plunged into a lake near Rotorua yesterday, police have confirmed.
The car has been winched to the surface of the lake, after being submerged in water for almost 24 hours.
A Sunlive photographer at the scene this morning said he saw two bodies recovered, and a hearse waiting nearby.
He said the car appeared to be a station wagon.
Police have now confirmed that two people have died, and police are working to support their family.
The car crashed off State Highway 30 into Lake Rotomā - 38 kilometres east of Rotorua - at 12.30pm yesterday.
Emergency services unsuccessfully tried to lift it from the water, before it was recovered with the help of the police dive team.
The lake has a maximum depth of 73 metres at the southern end, where the highway skirts it.
It is reported to be the cleanest of Rotorua's lakes, with items visible underwater to a depth of 11 metres.