A cyclist is in a critical condition after a serious crash with a car in central Auckland.

Police were called to a crash between a car and a cyclist just before 6am, on Morningside Drive at the intersection with New North Rd.

A spokeswoman said the cyclist had received critical injuries and was transported to Auckland Hospital.

The Serious Crash Unit is investigating and the road is closed with traffic controls in place.

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Police ask motorists to avoid the area or are patient if they experience delays.