'Monster' boulder hits tramper

06:02, Jan 15 2014
Taupo's Greenlea Rescue Helicopter
INJURED: Taupo's Greenlea Rescue Helicopter staff helps a Swiss woman who was struck by a "monster" boulder on Mt Ngauruhoe.

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.


Waikato Times