Police are treating the death of a motorcyclist in a Bay of Plenty crash as suspicious.

Bay of Plenty field crime manager Detective Inspector Lew Warner said a motorcycle and van collided on State Highway 35 about 2.40pm yesterday.

The motorcyclist died at the scene, opposite the Raukokore Marae, near Te Kaha.

"An initial investigation was carried out by the serious crash unit and the crash is now being treated as suspicious," Warner said.


"Police are asking anyone who witnessed the crash, or has any information, to please come forward."

Police are seeking sightings of white Honda Odyssey-type van driving in the area around 2pm to 3pm.

Anyone with information should contact Bay of Plenty Police on (07) 349 9554 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.