Police have named a man killed by a reversing vehicle in the driveway of a Taupo house on Friday night.

He was David Paramena Mitchell, a 53-year-old Taupo resident.

"This is another tragic loss of life from a driveway incident," said Senior Sergeant Fane Troy of the Taupo Area Road Policing Group.

"It is a timely reminder to take care in and around driveways, and it shows that young children are not the only ones vulnerable to these types of incidents."

Troy said drivers should always ensure that driveways are clear of all people when moving vehicles.

The Serious Crash Unit is investigating and no further information is available at this stage.

A neighbour earlier told NZME of hearing a party in the street on the night, but was unsure whether it involved the property where the man died.

Another neighbour understood a 60th birthday party had been planned at the house.