The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Te Waiti Track at Toatoa on Sunday 16 December.
A 78 year old female tramper had slipped on a washed out part of the track and suffered a serious foot injury.
A member of her group walked to a position where they could call for help. NZ Police SAR where dispatched and called in the rescue helicopter which used the Port of Tauranga Rescue Winch to winched down a medic. The medic stabilised the patient before both patient and medic where winched up and into the helicopter.
The patient was flown to Tauranga Hospital for further assessment and treatment.