A woman is dead and a hunter has been charged after a shooting near Turangi, south of Taupo last night.

Detective Senior Sergeant Todd Pearce said the body of the 25-year-old woman was found after police said ambulance officers were called to the Kaimanawa Ranges about 11pm yesterday.

He said the 25-year-old hunter from Hamilton was with a group of other hunters, and did not know the victim whose name would not be released until all her next-of-kin had been informed.

Mr Pearce said the hunter had been charged with careless use of a firearm causing death. He would appear in Taupo District Court on November 3.

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He would not release further details, saying the investigation team still had several people to interview and carry out a scene inspection.

A post mortem was likely to be held in Auckland tomorrow.

- NZPA