Two motoryclists are dead after a crash on State Highway 1, Tokoroa.
The crash happened about 2.40pm on Friday, about 1km north of Puriri Rd.
One of the motorcyclists was a 59-year-old man from Hastings. The other was a 41-year-old man from Putaruru. Both died at the scene.
Police will not release their names until family have been notified.
State Highway 1 was closed for a period of time to allow for a scene examination, reopening shortly after 9.15pm.
Senior Sergeant Fane Troy of Taupo police said the Serious Crash Unit will continue to investigate the cause of the incident.
"Police would like to thank all motorists for their patience during this road closure.
"The scene was complex and covered a 200m section of the highway.
"Motorcyclists are reminded to practice caution on our roads, ride to the conditions and within your limitations.
"This was a tragedy for all involved and our thoughts are with the friends and family of those affected."