Police in Tauranga are investigating a serious assault in the central city early this morning.
A 42-year-old man is in hospital with serious head injuries.
Police said he was assaulted about 1am in Masonic Park - a walkway between the Strand and Willow Street - by three other men who left the scene in a late model silver Ford Falcon.
The men are described as European, aged in their early 20s.
Police want to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the assault or seen the men leaving the scene.