Emergency services have been called to a vessel on fire in the Rangitoto Channel in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf.

Police received a call at 1.34pm stating that a 7-metre vessel with four people on board was on fire.

It is reported that the fire is now out.

A Coastguard NZ spokeswoman said a boat had a small engine fire that was put out by the occupants with a damp towel.

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She said a boat that was in the vicinity went to check they were all okay and then helped them get back to their berth.