A 3-year-old boy is fighting for his life after being hit by a car in a driveway in Auckland.

Police say the child was hit just after 9.30am in Papakura and was taken to Middlemore Hospital in a critical condition.

He remained in a critical condition in the hospital's intensive care unit on Saturday afternoon.

It is understood a family member was driving the car that reversed into the 3-year-old in the driveway of a house on Eastburn St. The boy lives at the home with his parents and four older siblings.

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Inspector Kay Lane told the Herald it was an awful situation.

Police, including the Serious Crash Unit, remained at the scene this morning.