Tom Angus Hay, 19, died after his car dropped 200 metres off a cliff on Te Mata Peak this morning.
Police and ambulance crews were called to the Hawke's Bay peak about 10.12am.
Senior Constable Chris Pye said the man was driving down the peak when the car came off the edge of a bend. It plunged about 200 metres over walking tracks and came to land in a gully.
Police brought Mr Hay's body up by stretcher.
Mr Pye was unsure when and how the accident happened. The police serious crash unit is investigating.
Police wanted to hear from anyone that saw Mr Hay's silver Mercedes at Te Mata Peak either last night or this morning.
Te Mata Peak Rd is still closed to traffic as emergency services try to recover the car from the gully. It is not known when it will be reopened.
- © Fairfax NZ News