A man died after a skiing accident on Mt Ruapehu over Matariki weekend.
A spokesperson said police were alerted around 5.30pm on Friday, June 24, to an overdue skier in the backcountry of the north side of Mt Ruapehu.
Police initiated a search and rescue operation and the man's body was located at the bottom of a steep icy face.
Police are making inquiries in relation to the death on behalf of the coroner, who will release their findings in due course.
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Local iwi held a karakia for the man, but a rahui not was put in place on the mountain, police said.
The Whakapapa and Turoa skifields will open fully to the public on July 8.