Taupo police are investigating the death of a man found lying on the side of a rural road.
The body of the man, believed to be aged in his 60s, was found on Maroa Rd about 8.45am Friday by a member of the public.
His car was parked a few hundred metres away on State Highway 1.Police have confirmed this afternoon that the vehicle appears to have broken down.
An autopsy would be carried out tomorrow but the man's death was being treated as unexplained and police were keeping an open mind about the cause, a police spokesman said.
The man was believed to have been travelling towards Taupo between 5pm and 6.30pm in a white Hyundai van.
Anyone who saw the van or has any other information that may be relevant is asked to contact Taupo Police on 07 378 6060.