A kayaker had to be picked up and taken back to shore after getting into trouble near Auckland's Harbour Bridge this afternoon.

Authorities were called to the area after a member of the public reported seeing a kayaker in some difficulty.

It is understood the incident happened about 1.30pm.

"Maritime Police sent [a] small boat out to assist and picked up the kayaker who was having difficulty paddling against the wind,'' a police spokeswoman said.

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The kayaker was said to be tired but safe and well.