Police say a youngster believed snatched from outside a west Auckland school last week was not at the centre of an abduction but travelling home with his father.

New Lynn Primary School sent a notice home to parents and guardians warning them of stranger danger and outlined strict rules for collecting students at home time.

But Waitakere CIB Detective Sergeant Mike Clubb said police had tracked down the family and child involved in the incident and said at no point was the child in a stranger's car or in danger of abduction.

Instead the car the young boy was travelling in was involved in a minor road rage incident near the school.

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The car was then pursued to the neighbouring suburb of Glen Eden.

Both cars stopped in traffic and the boy got out. At no point was any attempt made to get the boy to enter the other car.

Clubb said teachers and parents were advised to remain cautious of strangers around schools; however it was not believed that there was any threat to children in this incident.