A 42-year-old man has been killed after being hit by a vehicle on a major highway south of Auckland early today.

Emergency services were called to State Highway 2 at Mangatawhiri, near Pokeno, just after 2am.

The cause of the crash would be investigated by the Counties Manukau Serious Crash Unit, police said.

State Highway 2 was closed for several hours following the crash, but reopened just before 11am.

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