UPDATED 6.20PM: A police spokesperson says the vehicle involved in the incident has since been found.
She could not say whether any charges had been laid in relation to the crash, as enquiries are still ongoing.
A motorcyclist has been injured in a suspected hit and run this afternoon.
Emergency services were called to the scene at the intersection of Devonport Road and 11th Avenue at around 2pm.
A witness who contacted SunLive describes hearing a ‘loud bang' before the crash.
“I came to the window and saw a guy lying on the ground near a motorcycle. People outside said it was a hit and run.”
He says police are currently questioning witnesses and spray-painting the road, as they conduct a scene examination.
He says at first, the motorcyclist didn't appear to be moving.
“But some guys from the army hall ran out and checked on him, and he was moving his arm eventually. The ambulance has taken him away now.”
The witness says the road was blocked for ‘maybe five or ten minutes', although traffic is said to be moving now.
A police spokesperson says the motorcyclist has been taken to hospital in a serious condition.
“The driver of the car left the scene immediately. Police are speaking with a number of witnesses and ask anyone who saw the incident, but has not yet spoken to police, to please contact Tauranga Police Station.”
People can contact Tauranga Police Station on 07 577 4300.
Alternatively, information can be left anonymously via the Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 line.