A body has been found on the Wairarapa shoreline near where a diver went missing on Sunday.

The diver, 31, was snorkelling with two others at Flat Point Beach when he got into trouble on Sunday afternoon and disappeared.

Navy divers, fishing boats and helicopters were used in the search but it was a member of the public who found the body at Flat Point Beach at 7.15pm last night.

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"While formal identification is yet to be completed, the body is understood to be that of the missing diver," police said in a statement.

Officers have been in touch with the man's family. His name will be released when all next-of-kin have been notified, police said.