Two people have died in separate North Island road crashes tonight.

One person has died following a serious crash north of Ruakaka which temporarily forced the closure of State Highway 1.

And a motorcyclist died after a crash in Claudelands, Hamilton.

Police report three vehicles were involved in the Ruakaka collision about 6.55pm - the road closed until shortly after 11pm.

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Initial reports suggested one person had been seriously injured and two others suffered minor injuries, however, one person died at the scene.

"Diversions are in place along Springfield, Ormiston and Mountfield roads for light vehicles only," police said.

"Heavy vehicles will be diverted through State Highways 12 and 14."

NZ Transport Agency advises motorists to expect delays through the area near the intersection of SH1 and Prescott Rd.

Motorists are being told to following the directions of emergency services on the scene for detour routes.

The serious incident has closed the highway. Photo / NZTA
The serious incident has closed the highway. Photo / NZTA

Meanwhile in Hamilton, a motorcyclist died following a serious crash in Claudelands about 6.25pm.

Emergency services responded to the crash at the intersection of Enderley Ave and Peachgrove Rd.

A reporter at the scene said the rider appeared to have crashed into a white street sign.
"The rider died at the scene," police said. "Drivers are asked to avoid the area if possible."

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The Serious Crash Unit is examining the scene and the road is expected to be
closed for some time.

Police investigating the incident are asking for members of the public who have information about the crash to step forward.

"Police investigating a fatal motorcycle crash in Hamilton this evening are appealing for the public's help," police said in a statement.

"Anyone who knows anything about the crash or recognises the motorcycle pictured is asked to urgently get in touch with Constable Matthew Burke at Hamilton Police on (07) 858 6200."