Man in his 70s found unconscious on Hakarimata summit track
A man in his 70s was found unconscious on the Hakarimata walkway after falling down the busy stairs in Ngaruawahia.
He suffered multiple injuries and was flown to Waikato Hospital.
The man was found by others using the track around 9.20 on Wednesday morning.
Waikato Rescue Helicopter landed on the helipad at the summit and rescuers walked 15 minutes down the track into dense bush to assist him.
The man was then winched around 30m into the helicopter in a serious condition.
The track recently reopened after being closed in April due to damage from storms.
Last year, the Department of Conservation recorded an annual 140,000 visits, compared with 5000 five years ago.
A wide range of people conquer the 1349 steps each week.