The Tauranga based TECT rescue helicopter was called to Kaingaroa forest about 7am today where a van had collided with a fully laden logging truck.
The van was carrying seven passengers and "miraculously" only the driver was seriously injured, a rescue helicopter statement said.
Five of the other passengers suffered cuts and abrasions and the sixth person received serious head lacerations.
The 48-year-old van driver, a Minginui resident, received multiple serious injuries to his right leg and both arms.
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He was stabilised at the scene by St John ambulance staff before being flown to Waikato hospital in a serious condition.