Police were called to the crash at around 5:55am
The craft and its occupant were located late this afternoon.
Paramedics told media it was the worst crash they had ever seen.
He appeared in the Rotorua District Court on Tuesday.
A trucker who had been at the wheel too long rear-ended their car in 2018.
Police are investigating the crashes.
Gregory Spooner, 37, is survived by his parents and twin brother.
A police car was patrolling at the time and witnessed the crash.