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Man hit by rock on Mount Ngauruhoe

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 2/04/2017
Mount Ngauruhoe in Tongariro National Park. © Rex Images Mount Ngauruhoe in Tongariro National Park.

A man fell 50m head-over-heels down the slopes of Mount Ngauruhoe after being hit by a tumbling rock.

Greenlea Rescue Helicopter says it used a long line to winch the man on board on Sunday. He was flown to Rotorua Hospital.

The hospital is yet to comment on the man's condition.

In January a 21-year-old Hamilton man was injured on the slopes of Ngauruhoe after being struck by a falling boulder.

Also, in December 2015 a 100kg boulder struck a British tramper in his mid 20s, and at Easter in 2013 there were several rescues, including of a climber hit by a rock.

Crowding has been an issue in New Zealand's national parks and the autumn is traditionally a busy time for parks in the central North Island.

Ngauruhoe lies between the active volcanoes of Mount Tongariro to the north and Mount Ruapehu to the south.

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