Streets in central Whangārei are open again following a shut down after a serious crash between a motorcycle and another vehicle.

Senior Sergeant Steve Dickson said the crash happened on Central Ave near First Ave about 1.15pm.

Police were asking motorists to avoid the area as cordons are in place and traffic is being diverted.

A man riding the motorcycle was taken to hospital in serious condition.

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Dickson said due to the serious injuries suffered by the man the police serious crash unit had been called to survey the scene.

Police thanked motorists for their co-operation while the road was closed.