A man had been found dead in Kinloch, near Taupo, with what appears to be a gunshot wound.

Police said they were called to Whangamata Rd around 8.45pm tonight to assist ambulance staff following reports of an injured male at the address.

A man has been found dead at the scene and at this stage it appears to be from a gunshot wound, a police statement said.

Police inquiries will continue through the night and a scene guard will be in place at the address.

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Police are in the early stages of their investigation and there is no further information available at this time.