Police in the Hawke's Bay are searching for missing French tourist Pierre Paludet.
The 32-year-old was last seen at his car on Friday morning.
The car had since been abandoned in a beach carpark in Haumoana, east of Hastings.
It had attracted the attention of locals, who reported it to police after noting it had been sitting in the spot for a number of days.
Police were appealing for anyone with relevant information to get in touch.