A helicopter has gone down in a hilly area in the Ruapehu District this morning – with one person on board.

Emergency services have just arrived at the site of the crash after being alerted to it just after 9:30am.

Police have just confirmed the chopper went down in the Waimarino Forest near Raetihi, Ruapehu.


Due to the remoteness of the area, emergency services took more than 40 minutes to reach the crash site, in the Waimarino Forest near Raetihi, Ruapehu.

The pilot was stabilised on site before being airlifted to Whanganui Hospital a little after midday.

The rescue chopper landed at the hospital at 12:45 and the injured pilot was transferred to its emergency department at 12:45pm.

A Whanganui hospital spokesman said later in the afternoon the man was in a serious but stable condition.

Ruapehu mayor Don Cameron said it was “amazing” to receive news the pilot had survived the crash, following last week’s tragedy involving a helicopter pilot and former SAS soldier who crashed and died fighting the major Christchurch fire.

The pilot was transporting some beehives.