A 51-year-old Waihī man was flown to Tauranga Hospital in critical condition on Sunday evening.

Police said on Monday that it was their understanding the man suffered a fall, after which a dog attacked him.

According to the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter website they were called to Waihī where a man was bitten in the face by his dog, sustaining serious injuries.

The man was flown to Tauranga Hospital for immediate medical attention.

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Emergency services were called to Consols St in Waihī about 5.45pm on Sunday.

Two ambulances and one helicopter attended. A woman who lived in East Waihī said she heard the helicopter land but did not hear it take off again and assumed it had been there for a while.

Inquiries were ongoing to establish the full circumstances.

On Monday afternoon, the man was transferred from Tauranga to Waikato Hospital.

A Waikato District Health Board spokeswoman said today the man remained in the ICU at Waikato Hospital.