A man on his first trip on a new motorbike only made it halfway home before ending up back where he started on Friday night after he came off the bike north of Kaikoura.
The 43 year old, from Wellington, had collected the bike in Christchurch and was heading back north when he hit a patch of loose gravel near Irongate Bridge at around 6.30 on Friday evening.
Emergency services were called to the scene and the man was treated by an ambulance paramedic and the Kaikoura duty doctor, St John Kaikoura team manager Don Wright said.
The man was taken to the Kaikoura Medical Centre for further examination and subsequently flown via rescue helicopter to Christchurch Hospital with a moderate injury to his right knee.
Kaikoura Volunteer Fire Brigade chief Ian Walker said the man had lost control of the bike after hitting the loose gravel and had ended up hitting a bank on the side of the road. No other vehicles were involved.
- The Marlborough Express