A woman was found dead yesterday morning after the vehicle she was driving hit a tree on Malaghans Rd, between Queenstown and Arrowtown.
Carolina Patron Costas (23), from Argentina, was the sole occupant in a 1989 Honda Civic heading towards Arrowtown.
Emergency services, including the Arrowtown Volunteer Fire Brigade, were notified about 6.45am and police said the woman was dead when they arrived.
Acting Sergeant Terry Wood said it appeared she lost control of the car, which slid sideways into a tree. The full impact was on the driver's side and no other vehicles appeared to be involved.
The woman was wearing a seat belt and there were no obvious signs of alcohol.
A forensic crash investigator from Alexandra attended the scene.
The Otago Daily Times understands the woman's body was removed from the vehicle about 11am.
The woman's family had been notified and the Argentinian embassy has been assisting with inquiries with her family.
The incident has been referred to the coroner and a vehicle examination will be conducted.
Queenstown police would like to speak to anyone who may have seen a metallic light brown Honda Civic vehicle travelling towards Arrowtown, between 6.15am and 7am, on Malaghans Rd, west of Coronet Peak Station Rd.