A 53-year-old New Zealand man has died after an evening of drinking at a hotel in East Bali.

Bali News reported that the body of the tourist was discovered in a river estuary last Saturday morning after an evening of beer-drinking with family and friends at the Bali Palm Hotel.

It was reported the man was staying at the hotel with his wife. She left her husband at the bar on the evening of their last day at the hotel. She woke up at 1.30am and started looking for him.

A hotel employee found the man dead in the estuary about 6.50am.


A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFat) said the New Zealand Embassy in Jakarta is providing consular assistance to the family.

"Due to privacy considerations we are unable to provide any further information," the spokeswoman said.

Bali News said police found no signs of a struggle or violence on the dead man's body and do not believe he drowned.

The man's body was sent to Denpasar's Sanglah General Hospital for forensic examination.