A man was taken to hospital after his boat crashed into the shore in the Bay of Islands last night.

The Coastguard was alerted of the situation at 7.30pm.

A spokesman told the Herald they were initially told two vessels had collided.

Police, however, said the incident involved one boat which had hit land near Kerikeri Inlet Rd.

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"A man was injured - appears moderate to serious injuries,'' police said.

St John sent two ambulance vehicles to the scene.

A spokeswoman confirmed they took one person, in a moderate condition, to Northland Base Hospital.