The name has been released of a man who died in a crash on State Highway One at Motutere, near Taupo.
He was 32-year-old Benjamin Allan Biddle, from Taupo.
Emergency services were called to the crash between a motorcycle and a ute on State Highway 1 at Motutere, about 6.50pm yesterday.
Taupo Area Road Policing Manager senior sergeant Fane Troy says initial indications are that the northbound motorcycle crossed the centre line and collided with the southbound ute.
"Despite the best efforts of people at the scene, and of emergency services, Mr Biddle - the motorcyclist - died at the scene from his injuries," says Fane.
"The road and weather conditions at the time were fine. The road was down to one lane for about three hours while a scene examination was undertaken."
Serious Crash Unit are investigating the crash, will work to determine the cause and whether speed and alcohol were factors.
“This is a tragic crash that will change this Christmas for a number of people."
“Police encourage all road users to be courteous and patient when driving on our roads, especially when traffic is congested.
"Drive to the conditions, and do not drive if you're tired or if you've been drinking.
“We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable Christmas with your families, and that starts with your journeys on our roads.”