The Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the bush behind Kawakawa Bay, Taupo on the morning of Tuesday 6 September.
A man had gone pig hunting the previous night and failed to return, due to falling down a steep drop. He managed to get a distress call out via a mobile phone, but low battery and poor coverage made the search efforts challenging.
A Police SAR team managed identify the location of the man and the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter winched him to safety.
He was flown to Rotorua Hospital with suspected leg and back injuries.