A woman has been airlifted to Waikato Hospital after being critically injured in a hit-and-run in Taupō late last night.

The incident occurred on Richmond Ave about 11.15pm, leaving the woman, 36, with critical injuries.

She was flown to Waikato Hospital.

A police statement said the vehicle involved, a white utility, left the scene and police would like to speak to the driver, their passengers or anyone else with relevant information.

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Any residents with CCTV footage of Richmond Ave are also urged to contact police.

The vehicle involved is described as a white, lowered ute with tinted windows.

It will have damage to the front and was last seen travelling south on Richmond Ave from the intersection with Ingle Ave.

• Taupō Police can be contacted on 07 378 6060 or information can be provided anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.