The sole survivor of a horrific triple fatal crash near Hamilton remains in a critical condition.
Three young men, believed to be in their teens or early 20s, were killed after the car they were in smashed into a tree on a straight section of Gordonton Road, a rural area 7km northwest of Hamilton central, about 6am on Friday.
Another man, thought to be in his early 20s, was critically injured and remains in a critical condition at Waikato Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman told NZ Newswire on Saturday.
Waikato road policing manager Inspector Leo Tooman described the man's injuries as "very, very serious".
Insp Tooman, who attended the crash, described it as "horrific" and said there was a strong smell of alcohol at the scene and bottles of alcohol were found in the car.
However, he said it was too early to say for sure whether alcohol was involved.
The impact of hitting the tree had caused the entire front of the car to crumple into its body.