A person is dead after a collision between a car and a motorcycle on Beachlands Road, East Auckland.

The motorcyclist died in the crash, which happened around 12.40 this afternoon.

Beachlands Road, which is the only route to Beachlands and Pine Harbour, is closed as a result of the accident.

Police are asking motorists to be patient while emergency staff conduct a scene investigation.

- NZ HERALD STAFF