Hawke's Bay Police have released the name of the woman whose body was found near Tangoio Beach on New Year's Day.

She was 38-year-old Renee Karena, of Napier.

Karena's body was found on a private beach known locally as Taits Beach, an isolated area of coast accessed via a remote road.

Her car was found later found by police on Napier's beach front Marine Parade. Her death is not being treated as suspicious and has been referred to the Coroner.