A story about the tragic death of local stock car legend Darcy Hunter was the most read story of 2017 on the Rotorua Daily Post website.

Hunter, a husband and father-of-two was just 42 when he died in November following a battle with cancer.

The top 10 most read stories were:

1. Rotorua stock car legend Darcy Hunter dies

Advertisement

2. Bodies found in Mamaku Forest, believed to be Fleets

3. Wild weather hits Rotorua, trees down across district

4. Rotorua people wanted by police

5. Police officer seriously assaulted in Rotorua

6. Mongrel Mob member on gang brawl: 'This is only the beginning'

7. Five people arrested in relation to Fleet deaths

8. High flying fashion designer Kharl Wirepa convicted of fraud

9. Rotorua couple to set up homeless shelter

10. Former top BMXer's suspected suicide rips heart out of his Rotorua family
The top 10 referrals from Facebook were:

1. Rotorua stock car legend Darcy Hunter dies

2. Bodies found in Mamaku forest, believed to be Fleets

3. Mob president Hoani Chase jailed for 16-year campaign of terror

4. Shock death of young Maori leader

5. Rotorua people wanted by police

6. Death of local GP a major loss to Rotorua community

7. Five people arrested in relation to Fleet deaths

8. Massive fire at Rotorua church

9. High flying fashion designer Kharl Wirepa convicted of fraud

10. Rotorua couple to set up homeless shelter