Police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found on a popular walking route in the small Bay of Plenty town of Omokoroa.
The 47-year-old local woman was found on the track between The Esplanade and Beach Grove about 6am on Christmas Day.
Senior Sergeant Wayne Lambert believes she died overnight. He said her body had multiple injuries.
Senior Sergeant Lambert said the area where the woman was found has hills and cliffs but it is too early to determine whether her death was the result of a fall, or something more suspicious.
A post-mortem will be carried out in the next few days.
Man found dead in harbour
In a second death in the same community, the body of a man was found in Omokoroa Harbour on Saturday.
Police say the local man, in his 60s, may have fallen out of his dinghy while fishing.