A German tramper with a broken leg was airlifted from the Greenstone track near Queenstown yesterday.
Sergeant Keith Newell, of Queenstown, said the 26-year-old tourist tripped and broke the tibia and fibula of one leg near the Rats Nest Hut, about 20km southwest of Glenorchy.
The man managed to walk another 200m before realising he could not go on.
Another tramper found him and activated a personal locator beacon.
The injured tramper was flown by helicopter to Lakes District Hospital in Frankton.