A man is fighting for his life in hospital after falling from the 15th floor of an Auckland apartment building while climbing onto his balcony from the level above because he had locked himself out, police say.

The man was recovered from the roof of an adjacent building after falling from the 15th level of the Volt Apartment building on the corner of Queen St and Mayoral Dr about 2am.

He was taken to hospital in a critical condition.

Police said in a statement there were "no suspicious circumstances surrounding the fall".


"It appears that the man was locked out of his 14th floor apartment. He fell while attempting to climb down the outside of the building from a 15th floor apartment directly above his, in an effort to gain access via his balcony."