A member of the public scaled a crane on a building site in downtown Auckland.

A police spokeswoman said they received reports a man had climbed the crane at a site between Customs St and Quay St, near the waterfront.

A police spokeswoman said the man had since climbed down safely and was speaking with police.

It was not clear why he had climbed the crane, she said.

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Police, Fire and Emergency and St John were at the scene.

A witness said the man had made it to the top of the crane, before being talked down by police officers.

A video supplied to the Herald showed the man had made it past the cabin and out onto the boom arm of the crane.

A crowd had gathered around the site.

A person has scaled this crane in downtown Auckland. Photo / Brett Phibbs
A person has scaled this crane in downtown Auckland. Photo / Brett Phibbs