A man has died and another has been seriously injured after the motorcycle they were on crashed into a tree today.

Police are seeking witnesses to the crash which happened at about 5.30pm on Higgs Rd, Mapua, west of Nelson.

They say both men were on the green and blue-coloured off-road style motorbike when it hit the tree.

The injured man has been taken to Nelson Hospital where he is receiving treatment.

Advertisement

Higgs Rd was closed while police conducted a scene examination. The investigation into the exact cause is continuing.

Nelson Police can be reached on 03 546 3840 or information may be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

No further information is available at this stage.