A 44-year-old man has been arrested after a police helicopter was "laser painted" on Sunday morning.

A police spokeswoman said just before 1am staff were advised by Eagle helicopter that they had been laser painted by a blue laser from the Karangahape Rd area.

"Inquiries on the ground led to the arrest of a 44-year-old man."

A man was to appear in Auckland District Court today charged with interfering with the helicopter with reckless disregard for the safety of its occupants.