A Fiji Airways flight had to burn off fuel after suffering technical problems following take-off from Auckland Airport this afternoon.

Flight FJ410 departed for Nadi just before 2.30pm.

However, the Boeing 737-8X2 reported technical problems after take-off.

It was put into a holding pattern, circling over Albany and Whangaparaoa, to burn off fuel.

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The flight came in to land safely just after 4pm.

A Fiji Airways spokesman confirmed the plane was forced to land back at Auckland Airport after issues with the landing gear not able to retract into the plane after take off.

"After changing the plane tyre, a bolt wasn't removed so the landing gear couldn't retract into the plane. Oilei #FijiAirways #Fj410."

Passenger Sainimili tweeted: "Just had to land back in Auckland after circling North Shore for the last 2 hours."