'Monster' boulder hits tramper
A Swiss woman has been rescued after being hit by a "monster" boulder on Mt Ngauruhoe this morning.
Taupo's Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was called to the upper slopes of the mountain to help the 27-year-old Swiss woman.
She was heading down the mountain when a climber above her dislodged a boulder which came "careering" toward her, pilot Nat Every said.
A witness described the boulder as a monster.
The woman ducked to avoid being hit full-on by the rock, but was injured protecting herself.
She had a badly broken arm and a cut to her head.
A long-line recovery system was used to winch her to safety from the steep slope.