The two men who were killed in a helicopter crash near Whangarei have been named.

Police said the men were Allan Jessop, aged 42, of Tangiteroria and Derek Hammond, aged 49, of Kauri.

Police have now removed the bodies from the crash site and they are being transported to Auckland for a post-mortem to be carried out.

It is believed the helicopter that crashed shortly after 2pm yesterday, in the Glenbervie Forest, went into native bush on a hillside about 200m below the ridge line.