The hunt is on for a gunman in Auckland.

This, after a man threatened two police officers with a handgun in Mount Wellington last night.

Police say the two officers were on patrol in Ruawai Road, when they stopped and spoke to the man who was acting in a suspicious manner just before 6.30.

The man presented a black handgun and threatened the officers before running off through residential properties.

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They're looking for a man aged in his late 20s- early 30s, wearing a black fleece jacket, black pants and sneakers.