Woman airlifted from Tongariro

Last updated 18:18 22/02/2014

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A 66-year-old Dutch woman was airlifted out of Tongariro National Park today after breaking her leg.

The Taupo-based Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was called around 12.30pm to airlift the woman from the Whakapapaiti Hut Trail.

She had slipped and broken her leg while walking along a ridgeline.

Low cloud  made it hard for the helicopter to reach her and her companions could not carry her out because of steep terrain in the area.

A brief break in the cloud enabled the helicopter to land and treat her. She was airlifted to hospital in Rotorua. The weather deteriorated soon after.

The track forms part of a loop outside Whakapapa Village.

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- Fairfax Media

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