Crash near Rotorua

A man is dead and another is in serious condition after a head on crash near Rotorua early Sunday morning.

The crash happened on State Highway 5 between Rotorua and Taupo at 7.40am.

The 66-year-old man, a driver of one vehicles, was was killed, while 36-year-old man driving the second vehicle was transported by helicopter to Waikato Hospital in a serious condition.

Bay of Plenty road policing manager Fane Troy said the cause of the crash was still under investigation. 

"Police will be looking at the environment, vehicles and drivers to see what factors, if any, they contributed to the crash."

At the time of the crash the weather and road conditions were fine. 

The Rotorua Serious Crash Unit is investigating the cause of the crash.