A partially submerged car was pulled out of the Wairau River after shocked bystanders alerted police.
The blue Holden Barina was discovered in the water about 4pm on Thursday near Hillocks Road north of Spring Creek.
Police attended the scene and the car was carefully hoisted out.
A police spokeswoman says the incident was not reported as an accident.
“Typically, in instances such as this, the local council would be notified to have the vehicle removed,” she says.