A holidaymaker was shot dead in front of his terrified fiancee who managed to flee and run several kilometres to raise the alarm.

Police have launched a manhunt for Sean McKinnon’s killer after the 33-year-old was gunned down in a “random” carjacking attempt in New Zealand.

Australian Mr McKinnon and his Canadian fiancee Bianca Buckley, 32, were sleeping in their campervan when they were attacked in the early hours of Friday morning.

The gunman stole the vehicle with Mr McKinnon’s body still inside and Ms Buckley was able to escape and run to a home where she called police for help.

The gunman stole the campervan with Mr McKinnon’s body still inside

The couple had parked their rented campervan in a car park close to a beach in Raglan, which is known for big-wave surfing.

After the murder, it was driven about 50 miles to Gordonton, where it was abandoned on the side of a road with Mr McKinnon dead inside.

Police on New Zealand’s North island have launched a hunt for the killer.

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Mr McKinnon, who lived in Nirranda, Australia, and Ms Buckey got engaged around Christmas in 2017, according to social media posts.

Long-time friend, Wayne Such, told The Age that Mr McKinnon was a “talented musician, genuine gentle man with a heart of gold”.

Julian Smith, another friend, said Mr McKinnon was a “lovable, knockabout Aussie guy” who loved surfing.

Mr McKinnon and Ms Buckey got engaged around Christmas in 2017

Mr Smith added: “He loved to surf big waves down the coast. He charged five-metre waves.

Police said they believe the gunman is still armed following the deadly shooting, which happened around 3am local time.

Mr McKinnon was shot multiple times after the gunman banged on a window and demanded the campervan’s keys, the New Zealand Herald reported.

Detective Inspector Graham Pitkethley told reporters: “This is a tragic incident. Inquiries indicate this is a random attack.

“We are supporting the female victim who is understandably very shocked and distressed, providing her with the support and welfare that she needs.

“We are still working through injuries she may or may not have obtained during the odreal. The terrain where the vehicle was stolen is quite rough with a lot of bush around.”

He said of the suspect: “At this stage all I can say is we’re looking for a male.”