Neil Maidment felt compelled to go out and buy a Lotto ticket after a large branch narrowly missed his van parked across the road from him this morning.

The 37-year-old was at work when he heard the loud crack of a large branch that fell from a tree and nearly hit his van.

"I heard a very, very loud crack," Maidment said. "I looked around and saw the tree had split and I thought from where I was that it had hit my van."

But luckily, the large branch completely missed his van which was parked by Blake Park on Hinau St in Mount Maunganui.

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"I wondered what was going on, in an earthquake you feel something, and it sounded different than a car crash," Maidment, who moved to Tauranga with his partner about seven weeks ago, said.

Maidment was glad there was no-one around when the branch fell and said he had insurance if his van was damaged.

"It was a very near miss luckily, I should go out and buy a Lotto ticket."

He said the council had arrived to clear the branch when he went outside to assess any damage.

"I did a video for my fiance so she knew I was okay."

Tauranga City Council parks and environment team leader Warren Aitken said a council arborist went to Blake Park to assess the branch which was now cleared.

Aitken said the tree the branch fell from was a 50-year-old Macrocarpa tree.

He said branches falling from trees was an unusual event, especially on a clear day.

"We have removed the damaged stem and will continue to monitor the trees in the area."