Two bodies have been discovered on the shores of Lake Taupō.
Police confirmed two people were dead and investigations were underway.
Emergency services were alerted at about 7am near Mere Rd in Taupō.
Detective Senior Sergeant Ryan Yardley said police were making inquiries after the two bodies were found by a member of the public just after 7am.
“At this stage, police are working to establish the identities of the bodies, and a post mortem examination will be conducted,” he said.
A scene guard will remain in place.
Taupō mayor David Trewavas said he understood a person out walking along the lake saw the bodies in the water.
The bodies had then been pulled in from the shallows, he said.
“This is a very, very sad day,” said Trewavas.
He understood there had been no sign of a boat near where the bodies were found which added to the mystery of how the pair came to die.
Taupō had been particularly busy in the past week with people pouring into the popular central North Island holiday destination from across the country.
Trewavas said that learning two people had perished overnight in his town was a tragic way to start the day.
“To wake up on a beautiful crystal-clear day, the lake is so pristine and for someone to come across two people dead is very, very unfortunate.”
A police spokesperson said they were notin a position to reveal whether the pair were male or female.
More information on the mystery deaths was set to be issued shortly.
The Lake Taupo Coastguard said it had not been contacted about the deaths, nor had there been any search on the lake for missing boaties.
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