A paraglider has been injured in a crash near Glenorchy this afternoon.

A police spokeswoman said emergency services were called to the scene, near Kinloch, just after 1pm.

St John spokeswoman Noreen Hegarty said a rescue helicopter was deployed from Te Anau and arrived at 3.05pm.

A paramedic on the helicopter was working to "locate and assess" an injured paraglider.

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The initial reports were two people were paragliding and one crashed on a steep hill.

The area was inaccessible by road so the helicopter was deployed.