The weekend road toll has hit seven with the death of a person in a collision between a motorcycle and a car in Waikato.

The crash happened at about 7.15pm on Sunday near Rangiriri north of Hamilton, a Fire Service spokesman says.

One person died at the scene and another was taken to Waikato Hospital in a moderate condition.

Earlier crashes in the North Island at the weekend left four motorcyclists and two others dead.

One person died after a high-speed motorcycle crash into the front of a house in Taumarunui on Saturday, police say.

Two motorcyclists - Kelly Richard Reardon, 40, of Waitara, and Gordon Thomas McKay, 68, of Bell Block - who had been collecting toys for needy children in New Plymouth, died when a van collided with a group of bikers on State Highway 3 near Normanby, at about midday on Saturday.

Six others were taken to hospitals from the accident site. Three of those were in a serious condition in hospital on Sunday.

Another person was killed after a car hit a shed in Paeroa late on Saturday, police say.

A 21-year-old motorcyclist died in the early hours of Saturday in a head-on crash with a car near Opotiki.

Further north, one man died after a three-car crash on State Highway 1 at Ruakaka.

Three others were injured in the crash, one critically.

Meanwhile, seven people were taken to hospital after a two-car crash on State Highway 1 on Saturday near Wellsford, north of Auckland.

Police also said that the occupants of a vehicle and pedestrians had a lucky escape when a Toyota car fleeing police crashed through the main doors of an ANZ Bank branch in Nelson on Saturday night.

NZ Newswire

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