Northland's drowning toll has already reached the same total of last year after a man was swept off rocks at The Bluff, 90 Mile Beach yesterday.
Kaitaia police Sergeant Trevor Beatson said the elderly man was fishing early on Sunday morning when he came off the rocks and drowned.
Police arrived at the scene at around 10:30am to find his body washed on to the sand.
Police and St John Ambulance were in attendance for most of the day, and were identifying the body to notify the family.
This is the fifth drowning in Northland this year. Last year five people drowned on Northland beaches rivers and lakes.
Forecaster for MetService Elke Louw said conditions were good on Sunday morning, with light easterly winds of around 10 knots and 0.5 metre swells.
Mr Beatson said there were quite a few other people fishing at The Bluff at the time of the incident.