A tourist was in the best possible company when he was injured on Mt Ruapehu yesterday - he was among a group of doctors.
The 65-year-old Australian man fell on to rocks while tramping, injuring his head, and was rescued by others in his tramping party of visiting surgeons and cardiologists from Western Australia.
They took him to Mangaehu Hut on the southern slopes of the mountain traverse where they dressed his wounds and called emergency services.
''The injuries appeared to be well-dressed and I'm not sure what the telephone triage consisted of but they clearly convinced ambulance communications a helicopter was necessary and the injuries did require surgical treatment,'' said Palmerston North rescue helicopter pilot Chris Moody.
The helicopter crew responded to the call about 4pm today, dropping a St John intensive care paramedic to check the injured man and then airlifting him to Wanganui Hospital.
The man was in a stable condition.