The man will also keep his name secret until at least April.
Both crashes were on State Highway 4, with one about 11.20am and the second about 12pm.
It’s another blow to the Central Plateau region after Whakapapa ski field went into receivership last year.
Recent seismic assessment found that underground shifts over time meant hotel infrastructure no longer met safety standards.
Emergency services remain at the scene on High St.
The preserved female bird of the long extinct species was gifted to the Dannevirke Gallery of History in 1990.
It comes as the hotel was set to renew its 30-year lease with the Department of Conservation.
The death toll from the catastrophic weather has risen to four.
Years ago, Jake Todd noticed his local dog park was far from pooch-friendly - and he took things into his own hands.
Four people have now died since Friday in Auckland's severe weather event.
"The victims who had their vehicles taken were shaken, and one has been treated for a head wound," police said in a statement.
The future of the Grand Chateau Tongariro is in limbo with the hotel not taking any new bookings for 2023 and 2024.
Whanganui District Council, Ngāti Maika hapū and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency have collectively decried the "disrespectful" actions.
The Prime Minister appeared emotional as she spoke to reporters at Rātana for the last time as New Zealand's leader.
Controversy was kicked up when posters for the event on Waitangi Day appeared around Kimbolton, but no mana whenua were invited.
A man has been arrested after evading Palmerston North police for 45 minutes, continuing on the tyre rims after his wheels were spiked twice.
The vehicle was spiked by police but continued on, driving through several fences.
An event celebrating European settlers, and without reference to Te Tiriti, is being held in Kimbolton on Waitangi Day.
The British comedian has previously poked fun at New Plymouth on Twitter.
The offender is described as being of average build and roughly 6-foot or 182cm tall, clean shaven, with a tattoo near his jaw.