The previously unaccounted for partner of a man shot dead in Taupo on Thursday has since been found safe and sound.

The 38-year-old woman was found, safe and uninured, at a property near the scene of the shooting in Kinloch today.

Meanwhile Taupo Police were continuing their investigation into the death of the 48-year-old man who was found with what appeared to be a gunshot wound.

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


He was found dead at the scene and police at the time said the wound looked like that from a gun shot.

Police inquiries continued through the night and a scene guard was put in place at the address.

This evening police said area searches and a scene examination would continue tomorrow.

Police have also launched an appeal for information from members of the public who may have seen or heard anything in the area on the night of the suspected shooting.

Anyone with information can contact Taupo Police on 07 378 6060 or report anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

No information on the man's identity was able to be released.

A post-mortem examination was expected to take place tomorrow.