A man has been killed after his car hit a tree in the Auckland suburb of Penrose this evening.

A member of the public called police at 8.48pm to report the car had hit a tree on Great South Rd, between Church St East and Southdown Lane.

The car is still blocking southbound lanes, the spokesman said.

St John Ambulance confirmed the man had died. He was the sole occupant of the vehicle.

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The Serious Crash Unit has been notified.