The motorcyclist who died in a crash north of Bulls may have been lying beside State Highway One for several hours.
The male, believed to be from Auckland, was discovered this morning by a motorist.
Constable Owen Bright of the Ohakea Highway Patrol said the bike and its rider was found in a section of bush beside the road.
"He wouldn't have been easily seen," he said.
Police were yet to confirm either the man's identity or the time the crash happened.
Mr Bright said the motorbike was the only vehicle involved in the crash, which likely happened some time overnight.
"We're still confirming when it happened."
The crash occurred about 2km birth of Bulls and the motorcyclist was travelling south.
A scene examination by the Serious Crash Unit has been completed.
The death takes the unconfirmed Christmas and New Year road toll to six, matching last year's toll for the Christmas-New Year period.
This year's official holiday period began at 4pm on Christmas Eve and end of 6am on Friday.
Last year, when toll for the entire period was just six, it was the lowest number of New Zealand road deaths since reliable records began.
The Christmas and New Year road toll the year before was 19, and in the 2010-2011 period it was 12.
The only other time in more than five decades the period's toll has been in the single figures was the Christmas and New Year period between 2006 and 2007, when it was nine.
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