Police are investigating how the body of a middle-aged man came to be found in an Auckland creek.

The body of the man, whose identity is not yet known, was spotted by a member of the public about 3pm in a creek in Shepherds Park, Beach Haven, on Auckland's North Shore.

Police were tonight "trying to establish the circumstances that have led to his death".

A specialist recovery team was needed to recover the body because of the location, a police spokesman said.


"It was down a bank. The body has been extricated and taken to the mortuary," he said tonight.

Police would not know the cause of the man's death until post-mortem results were confirmed, which might be tomorrow.

The age of the man was not yet known either, the spokesman said.