Police can now release further information in relation to the three separate crashes in the Milton area yesterday.
Emergency services responded to the crashes after two distress beacons were activated in the area at around 12.10pm.
The crashes were related to the 18th Annual Lake to the Sea Motorcycle Trail Ride and involved motorcycles, with two of the crashes occurring within 150
metres from each other.
A motorcyclist died at the scene and two people were transported to Dunedin Hospital via rescue helicopter with serious injuries.
The Serious Crash Unit attended and examined the scenes.
The death has been referred to the Coroner and enquiries are ongoing into the circumstances of the crashes.
A spokesperson said four other people received moderate injuries, three were transported to hospital in an ambulance while the fourth was treated at the scene along with five people with minor injuries.
In a post on the Lake to the Sea Trail Ride’s Facebook page, entrants were urged to make sure their bikes and gear was fit for purpose.
Helmets, gloves and good boots were all mandatory.
The post said organisers tried to vary the track each year but they relied on the landowner’s permission. The tracks were split into three options – a 40km junior ride, a senior track and one for advanced riders.
The ride began at Narrowdale Road next to the Toko Golf Course.