A man died last night after his motorbike collided with a ten tonne truck on State Highway Two near Whakamarama.

The 34-year-old Tauranga man was travelling towards Tauranga on his Harley Davidson when he collided with a Nissan truck and trailer unit turning right into Gill Lane about 8.10pm .

Western Bay of Plenty Highway Patrol Sergeant Mike Owen said the motorcyclist died at the scene. The driver of the Nissan truck, also a Tauranga man, was uninjured.

The highway was closed until about 10:30pm as emergency services attended the scene and diversions were in place along Munro Rd and Te Puna Quarry Rd.


The Serious Crash Unit visited the accident scene and investigations were continuing into what caused the crash.

Police said anyone who saw the Nissan truck or the motorcycle near SH2 and Gill Lane around the time of the crash should contact Tauranga Police Station on 07-577 4300.

Police said the name of name of the motorcyclist would be released once his next of kin were advised.