ALDEN VILLIAMS / STUFF
Diers Pass Rd was a scene of many accidents.
Motorcyclists and cyclists died after two separate incidents on the Southern island on Saturday.
Emergency services were called to crash at the Diers Pass Rd and Summit Rd intersection near Sign of the Kiwi just 2 hours ago on Saturday.
A police spokeswoman said the man was taken to Christchurch hospital for critical injuries but died shortly thereafter.
The road was closed shortly after the accident at Diers Pass Rd and Governors Bai Rd. The intention was reopened only after 19 hours.
She was looking for circumstances in the event of an accident, she said.
Former fire brigade governor Bai Lindsay McLeod, who has lived in the village for over 35 years, said dozens of motorcycles passed in his home Governors Bai early this morning.
He said Diers Pass Rd was always very busy over the weekend, but the "extremely large" group of motorcycles was the most he ever saw at one time.
It was not clear whether the person who died related to this group.
McLeod said that although speed changes and added road signs in the area made people more aware, he still witnessed a lot of dangerous driving.
"I had almost a missed event last month, when someone came from the city side and I went to work on the side of governor Bai and this car turned in front of me … I would drive straight to the passenger door if I did not stop in time."
Diers Pass Rd was a scene of many accidents. The road, linking Cashmere and Governor Bai, was the site of 170 accidents since 2008, resulting in 95 injuries and two deaths.
In April this year, Christchurch city councils approved a change in speed limits along the unoccupied area of the road to 60kmh.
The previous speed limit between Summit Rd and Governors Bai Rd was 100kmh and 70kmh from exactly above Hackthorne Rd to Summit Rd.
In the meantime, cyclist Antoni Robert Langtri, 52, from Feilding, died after an accident on Rameek Mountain bike near the small town of Tasman in Takaka, only after 14:40 on Saturday.
A police spokeswoman said Langtree's death was directed at a coroner.