The trio rescued from an isolated Southern Ocean beach this morning after their helicopter crashed last night near the Auckland Islands have walked into Southland Hospital in Invercargill.
The men arrived in two helicopters just before 4pm.
The three men, two with helmets on and one without, all wearing orange jumpsuits climbed from the Otago Regional Rescue helicopters and walked into the hospital unaided.
Media at the hospital were told by security to stay back from the scene.
John Lambeth, a St John paramedic, was onboard the aircraft with pilot Andrew Hefford and winchman Lester Stevens when it went down near Yule Island, at the northern end of the subantarctic island group.
Wreckage was discovered this morning by a fishing boat and the trio were spotted sooner after, alive, walking on a beach.
In a statement, St John said Lambeth was a paramedic who worked for the ambulance service in Te Anau.
The organisation was relieved to learn the trio were safe and well and now receiving medical treatment.
"We are providing support to the family of our paramedic and to his St John colleagues. His family feel a huge relief and is looking forward to being reunited with their husband and father later tonight. They thank everyone for their interest and well wishes and ask for you to respect their privacy at this time."
Meanwhile, Lloyd Matheson says he might owe his colleague and good mate Lester Stevens at Southern Lakes Helicopters a beer.
Matheson, operations manager for the Te Anau company and also Aviation New Zealand president, was supposed to be the volunteer winch operator on the medevac helicopter mission last night that crashed near the Auckland Islands, 465km south of New Zealand.
But due to a funeral, he swapped places with Stevens at the last minute.
"I definitely have some mixed feelings about the whole situation, I was meant to be there but asked my mate to stand in for me," Matheson told the Herald.
The three crew on board were found walking on a beach just before 10am today by rescue teams that included Sir Richard "Hannibal" Hayes, the company's CEO and chief pilot.
"We are elated to hear they are safe, this is the best news, it is like 10 Christmases have come at once," said Matheson.
The last contact with the helicopter was at 7.37pm last night near Yule Island, at the northern end of the subantarctic island group.
Since that there had been no signals from the helicopter nor distress beacons issued.
Southern Lakes Helicopters informed the Rescue Coordination Centre NZ that its helicopter was missing at 8.15pm and a search operation commenced immediately.