Police are searching for a man after he assaulted a teenage girl in Tauranga.

The 16-year-old was assaulted by a European man near the summit of Mount Maunganui around 1pm on Thursday.

Police believe he left the area after the assault and are appealing for information to identify the man and his vehicle.

He is described as between 50-60 years old, of medium build, about 180cm tall, bald on the top of his head with grey hair around the sides and back of his head. He is described as wearing a navy blue T-shirt with white patches on it, black sunglasses, and dark coloured three-quarter shorts.

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Anyone who has information is asked to contact the Tauranga Police on (07) 5774300 or anonymously on 0800 555 111.