A Tauranga man has been killed in a two-car crash on the Maungatapu Bridge.
Emergency services were called to the incident on SH29A about 2.15am on Monday, police said.
Police said the man was a 69-year-old local.
The highway has since reopened and police are still investigating.
The death - the first reported road fatality of 2018 - puts the road toll for the holiday period, which ends on January 3, at eleven.
It follows two other fatal crashes on Sunday.
A man died late in the afternoon after a car struck a fence in Whangarei about 10.30am.
A second person was killed in a collision between a ute and a car in the Tasman District about 9pm.
During the 2016-17 Christmas period there were 19 deaths on roads.