A woman has died after her vehicle collided with a milk tanker north of Taupo late last night.
Emergency services were called to the accident on State Highway 5 about five kilometres north of the Wairakei roundabout about 11.40pm.
Police said the 28-year-old woman was the sole occupant in a Toyota car and died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.
The road has reopened after being closed overnight.
The accident is being investigated by the Police Commercial Vehicle Investigation Unit.
Senior Sergeant Fane Troy of the Taupo police said the milk tanker received moderate damage and the Toyota vehicle sustained extensive damage.
The driver of the milk tanker was uninjured.
Mr Troy said the Taupo serious crash unit was also investigating the cause of the crash.
The death has been referred to the Coroner.