A fire that was rapidly spreading down a cliff in swanky Auckland suburb St Heliers has been extinguished.

Earlier today, the fire at Achilles Point was rapidly spreading down a cliff face at Achilles Point, in the waterfront East Auckland suburb.

A fire spokeswoman said one crew at the scene was having difficulty extinguishing the blaze, due to it being in a hard to reach location, and had requested backup.

Two other fire engines were heading to the scene.

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She said there was no indication that any houses were at risk.

The blaze is in the same location as a 60 sqm grass fire that broke out last night and saw the closure of Cliff Rd.