A 37-year-old man has been arrested in the Coromandel following a manhunt for an allegedly armed gang member.

Senior Sergeant Juliet Burgess, of Waikato police, said officers arrested the man this afternoon.

"Information had been received in relation to the man being in possession of a firearm, however, the man had fled shortly before police arrived and officers began searching the greater Coromandel for him and his black Ford Falcon car," she said.

"We believe the man may have crashed his vehicle owing to a number of calls received from members of the public who described a person matching the fugitive's description being seen on State Highway 25 acting suspiciously who had a large cut to his head."


The man was seen emerging injured from a creek bed wearing a blue singlet and shorts with a backpack over his shoulder by a person who gave the man a ride back to Hikuai shortly before noon.

The offender was located after another car leaving the area was stopped by armed police and he was taken into custody.

An aerial search is under way by the Auckland based Police Eagle helicopter to try and locate the man's black Ford Falcon.