WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand police launched a manhunt for an armed suspect on Friday after an Australian tourist was found shot dead in a camper van in a coastal town on the North Island.

A Canadian woman who had been travelling with the victim, a 33-year-old man, escaped from the van after the attacker drove off in it, police said.

The attack on the two tourists occurred at around 3.20 am in Raglan, a coastal town in the Waikato region of New Zealand’s North Island. Police found the vehicle, with the dead body inside, at 8 am, a few kilometres away.

Police did not release the name of the victim.

New Zealand is a popular tourist destination, especially among Australians. Last year, a 22-year old British woman was killed while on a backpacking tour of the country.

(Reporting by Praveen Menon; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

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