A French man is in hospital after being been found with serious head injuries in the Wellington CBD early this morning.
Detective sergeant Mark Scott said the 24-year old was found near the corner of Durham Street and Aro Road around 2am by occupants of a nearby house in a semi-conscious state, bleeding heavily.
"At this stage we are unsure as to how this man has come to be injured and are urging anyone who may have witnessed any incident in this area early this morning to come forward as soon as possible."
Scott said the foreigner was in Courtenay Place last night with friends, but became separated from them at around midnight.
"We also want to hear from anyone who may have spoken to this man or seen him in Courtenay Place in the early hours of this morning. He has dark hair and was wearing dark jeans, a dark top, a brown leather jacket and glasses."
The man is in a critical but stable condition in Wellington Hospital.
Anyone with any information should contact Wellington Police on (04) 381 2000 or phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.