Police have lifted a cordon near a popular walking track in central Whangarei after an incident related to a kidnapping.

An area on the Riverside Dr side of a track known as the Town Basin loop was cordoned off this morning.

Police at the scene declined to comment.

An Auckland-based police spokesperson said the cordon was connected to an "ongoing kidnapping incident".

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The cordon, metres from a popular local skateboard park, was lifted at 12.45pm.