A Rotorua woman has been winched out of the Whakarewarewa Forest after a serious mountain bike accident.

The BayTrust Rescue Helicopter was sent to the forest at 6pm yesterday after emergency services were notified of a serious accident in a remote part of the mountain bike trails.

The location of the woman was difficult to find due to limited information and communication with the group she was with.

Once located a St John Intensive Care Paramedic was winched into the site to assist another St John medic whom had made it in on foot.


She was winched out of the site and following St John spinal injury protocols the woman was airlifted directly to Middlemore Hospital in Auckland with the flight crew using NVG (Night Vision Goggles) to accomplish the flight.

The woman is in a serious condition.