Police investigating the homicide of patched gang member Kimble Moore have found a body in a rural bush area near Kaitaia.
Specialist officers had been searching the area since Wednesday using cadaver dogs, and say a post-mortem will be carried out in Auckland on Friday.
Mr Moore went missing in March, and last month police turned their search into a homicide investigation.
Detective Senior Sergeant Rhys Johnston said they would examine the scene further on Friday.
"We believe the body may have been there for some time and it has been a methodical process to preserve any potential evidence," he said.
"We have been assisted today by a pathologist and several scientists from ESR in Auckland."
Police say the body will take some time to formally identify.