The woman who sufferred serious burns in a Whakatane incident yesterday has been transferred to the burns unit at Waikato Hospital today.

The 58-year-old was first taken to Whakatane Hospital in a critical condition, with burns on her upper body and face.

"The patient was transferred to Waikato Hospital - specialist burns - at around 1am this morning," said a spokesman for the Bay of Plenty District Health Board.

A man was arrested yesterday after the woman was found with serious burns and was fighting for her life.

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It's unclear how the woman received the burns, but police are making enquiries and have taken a man into custody at a property on Tuhoe Ave, Whakatane.

The woman, who police say has burns to her face and upper body, was taken to Whakatane Hospital in a critical condition.

Police say they're not seeking anyone else in relation to the incident.

Emergency services were called to the scene about 5.20pm.