A man is in a critical condition after he was stabbed in Auckland overnight, police say.

Emergency services were called to Commodore Drive in Lynfield just before 1.30am, Inspector Ian Brooker of northern police communications said.

The man was stabbed in the chest and taken to hospital with the knife still embedded in him.

The 45-year-old was recovering after surgery, police said.


It was unclear what the circumstances leading up to the man's injury were or whether others were involved although there had been reports he was with two other men before the incident was reported, initially to ambulance services.

The knife used in the incident had been recovered and a scene examination at the address where the stabbing took place had been completed, police said.

The stabbing happened at a residential property, police spokeswoman Noreen Hegarty said.

There had not yet been a chance for police to speak with the man.

It was not known if the man knew his attackers, she said.