Holiday road toll (4pm December 24th - 6am January 5th)

The holiday road toll stands at eight this morning, after a crash on State Highway 2 near Tauranga.

Two cars were involved in the collision at Matapihi at 5.34am. One person died and several others are seriously hurt. Road blocks have been set up at the intersection of State Highway 2 and Manganui Rd, and just south of the Maungatapu Bridge.

It was the second fatal crash this morning. At 1.20am, a driver was killed in a crash near Opotiki in the Bay of Plenty when a car spun off Gabriel';s Gully Rd into a paddock.