A man accused of murder after another man was killed following an argument at a beach north of Auckland has pleaded not guilty.

The 33-year-old appeared this morning at the High Court in Auckland charged with murdering a 35-year-old man last month.

The accused pleaded not guilty and a trial date was set for next February.

The man, who has interim name suppression, was remanded in custody by Justice Simon Moore.

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He was charged with murder after another man was killed during an argument at Snells Beach near Warkworth.

Detective Inspector Aaron Proctor said in a statement at the time that the two people are known to each other.

The incident was reported to police shortly after 11.30pm on February 10.