A woman has died after a van carrying six people, including four children, went over a bank in Bay of Plenty.

Police were called to the crash on Ruatahuna Rd in Ruatahuna at 11.55 on Sunday night, where they found the woman dead at the scene.

The driver and four children were uninjured.

Police said the name and age of the dead woman would not be released until next of kin have been notified.

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The serious crash unit is investigating.