One person is dead following a helicopter crash in the Oamaru Valley, between the Kaimanawa Range and Kaweka Range, near Taupo.
Police say the Robinson 66 helicopter lost radio contact at around 12.45pm.
The wreckage was discovered at 7pm, and the body will remain at the scene overnight.
Police say the pilot was the sole occupant of the commerically-owned helicopter.
The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has launched an investigation.