Police are investigating a possible attempted abduction of a child from a hotel carpark in Christchurch.

The Governors Bay Hotel posted about the incident on its Facebook page on Friday night.

The post said there was an attempted abduction of a 9-year-old girl from its car park about 4.20pm on Thursday.

The post said the young girl was playing with other children when a man in a "red shiny expensive looking car" stopped, got out and grabbed her arm.

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The girl fought off her attacker and the all of the children ran into the hotel.

Hotel staff said CCTV footage had been handed to police who were investigating.