A man had to be plucked with a long line off the side of Mt Ngauruhoe by the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter.

The man was "skittled" by a tumbling rock, said media liason for the Philips Search & Rescue Trust, Vanessa Richmond.

Greenlea Rescue Helicopter, in action above Mt Ngauruhoe. Photo/Supplied
Greenlea Rescue Helicopter, in action above Mt Ngauruhoe. Photo/Supplied

Knocked from his feet, he reportedly fell 50m head over heels down the steep slope.

The man was taken to Rotorua Hospital.

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