An injured motorcyclist has been airlifted off a Bay of Plenty island after hitting a cow.

A police spokeswoman said the motorcyclist hit the cow on Motiti Island late on Thursday evening.

Ambulance notified police of the incident about 10.13pm, she said.

A St John ambulance spokeswoman said one person was airlifted to Tauranga Hospital with moderate injuries.

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Police spoke to the victim in hospital the following day.

The condition of the cow was unknown.