Police want to find the owner of a silver Osprey 400 aluminium boat found by the Kowhai River in Kaikoura this morning.
The boat, which has no motor, is on a trailer with no registration plate.
Constable Wendy Bennett, of Kaikoura, said a dog walker alerted her to the boat early this morning.
Although no-one had come forward to report the boat and trailer missing, all identification had been removed, which looked suspicious, she said.
Anyone who knows anything about the boat is asked to contact Kaikoura police on 03 319 5038.
- The Marlborough Express