The New Zealand Herald says a woman on a suspended driver's licence fled the scene of a crash which killed a woman who was travelling with her family on Christmas Day.
Police are commending a member of the public who saw the crash and followed the driver, updating police on his whereabouts as he drove.
The Waikato Times also leads on the incident at one of Hamilton's busiest intersections. The woman, 71, is the first to die in the official holiday road toll period.
A boy died when hit by a car in a driveway at Hatepe on Christmas Eve, before the start of the official holiday period.
The Dominion Post lead says the Trans-Tasman exodus has slowed, with the number of people heading to Australia at its lowest level in almost two years. The paper says Australia's tougher line on paying benefits to New Zealanders could be responsible.
Wellington's weather is also featured with the capital experiencing its hottest Christmas Day since 1934. But the paper expects drizzle, wind, clouds and rain for the rest of the week.
The Press says the co-owner of the Embankment tavern is claiming to have been unfairly targetted by the police with accusations of alcohol abuse blown out of proportion. The tavern has been ordered to close two hours earlier for repeated breaches of the Liquor Act.
And a German tourist died while tramping in Mt Aspiring National Park. The body was found on Tuesday.
The Otago Daily Times leads with an increase in Christmas spending which may help the Otago economy out of its recession.
The weather is also on the front page with Alexandra recording its highest recorded temperature - 33 degrees.