A patient has been airlifted to hospital following a serious car crash near Whanganui today.

Emergency services were called to Otaranoho Rd, in Ranana, about 60km north of Whanganui, at 11.54am.

St John spokesman Robbie Walker said one male patient in his 30s was in a status two, or serious, condition and transported via rescue helicopter to Whanganui Hospital.