Two horses have been killed near Auckland's Southern Motorway.

Emergency services were called to the intersection of Pitt Road and Great South Road, near Drury, just after 5.30 this morning.

A police spokeswoman says three horses escaped from a nearby paddock and two were hit by an SUV.

She says the vehicle is badly damaged but the driver is not hurt.

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Police have left the scene but are still trying to track down the owner of the horses.

The horse that's still alive has been taken to a paddock.

Firefighters are washing down the road.