Police have arrested four people in a "dramatic" pursuit following a failed kidnapping attempt at a rural home north of Auckland.

Two men and two women arrived at a home on Smith Rd in Matakana in a black BMW at about 10:05am yesterday, police said.

It was alleged two of the offenders assaulted a man at the home before trying to carry out a kidnapping.

A firearm was allegedly involved in the incident.

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Police said the victim managed to escape his assailants.

Officers from Rodney and the North Shore, along with an air support helicopter and a dog unit, were involved in tracking the offenders in a "dramatic" pursuit lasting several hours.

The four alleged offenders were arrested at a house in Mahurangi, police said.

Two men, aged 37 and 22, were set to appear in North Shore District Court today charged with attempted kidnapping and commission of a crime with a firearm.

The two women, aged 21 and 19 were set to appear on similar charges, police said.

- Herald Online staff