A 58-year-old man died in a car crash in the central North Island this afternoon, bringing the holiday road toll to three.
The crash occurred about 1pm on State Highway Four, 5km north of Taumarunui, police said. No other vehicles were involved and the man was dead when police arrived.
The car had left the road and travelled over a small bank before coming to a rest. There were no other people in the vehicle.
The man was from Taumarunui and was not far from his home when the crash occurred, police said.
It is the third road death of the holiday period, with a 24-year-old man killed this morning when his car left the road and veered into a paddock near Invercargill.
On Christmas Day, a woman was killed in a hit-and-run crash at one of Hamilton's busiest intersections.
The 71-year-old was the first person to die on the country's roads since the official holiday road toll period started at 4pm on Christmas Eve.
In yesterday's fatal crash, the other car involved was driven away after the collision about 12.30pm but was tracked to a residence in the Pukete-Te Rapa area a short time later.
The woman had been travelling with four other family members, including two children aged 7 and 10, when she was killed.
Meanwhile, it took emergency services 25 minutes to free the badly injured driver of a car that collided with a milk tanker in Marton in the lower North Island early this morning.
Marton Volunteer Fire Brigade Chief Paul Hudson said the tanker took out about 200m of fence before it rolled and came to a stop in a paddock.
The driver of the upside down milk tanker was found sitting on the roof inside the cab, and suffered minor injuries.
The tanker was full of milk and had been on the way to Hawera when the crash happened, he said.
The milk leaked out, but it was contained in the paddock.