A man has been arrested in Glendene, Auckland, following a standoff with armed police this afternoon.

Police were notified the man, who has warrants to arrest, was in the area this afternoon, a spokeswoman said.

The man fled to the roof of a Span Farm building, a commercial property.

"Armed police attended as a precaution, as well the Police Eagle helicopter."

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The man was taken into custody without incident after negotiations with police, she said.

A Glendene resident said he saw around eight police cars at the scene and armed officers.

One officer was leaning across a car and pointing a gun up at a building, he said.

Cordons were in place for a time as police responded to the incident, but they have since been lifted.