Motorbike rider dies in Tauhei crash, taking holiday road toll to 18

A motorbike rider has died after coming off their bike on a Waikato road on Tuesday afternoon. 

Police said emergency services were called to the fatal crash at 2:10pm by a witness who saw the rider come off while rounding a corner on Tainui Rd in the rural Waikato town Tauhei - about 40km east of Hamilton.   

"Despite first responders’ efforts, the person died at the scene," a police spokesperson said.

The road remains closed while the serious crash Unit investigates. 

It takes the Christmas road toll to 18. The Christmas/New Year holiday period runs from 4pm on Friday, December 22 to 6am on Wednesday, January 3.   

A warning was issued to drivers on Saturday after the road toll hit double figures.   

"During New Year we often see a peak in people driving on the roads, so be patient, keep calm, drive sober and if you are feeling tired - pull over," police said in a statement on Saturday.

The number of road deaths in the 2022/23 Christmas-New Year holiday period was 21.