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A motorcycle had to be cut down from a tree after the rider crashed southwest of Opotiki.

The motorbike hit a ditch and flew across a driveway before ending up in the branches of a tree near Kutarere at 9.20am on Friday, Fairfax reported.

The rider was taken to Whakatane Hospital in a serious condition and the motorcycle was cut from a tree by a roading contractor who was working nearby.