A rock climber was seriously injured in a fall at a popular
climbing spot near Wanaka yesterday afternoon.
The man, in his early 30s, was climbing a crag around 1.30pm
at Hospital Flat, 12km from Wanaka, when he fell about 15m.
An ambulance was dispatched to the scene, along with a rescue
helicopter from Queenstown with a St John paramedic on board.
Three LandSAR volunteers also attended the incident.
St John South Island communications adviser Ian Henderson
said a doctor was already at the accident site when the
emergency workers arrived.
The incident report said the climber's legs were possibly
broken and he was flown to Dunedin Hospital, Mr Henderson
Wanaka police search and rescue co-ordinator Sergeant Aaron
Nicholson understood the man also had suspected spinal
It was not known where the man was from or who he was
climbing with at the time of the accident.
Hospital Flat is a boulder-strewn area on the road to the
Matukituki Valley entrance to Mount Aspiring National Park.
The Department of Conservation website describes the area as
''an acclaimed rock or sport climbing area that wasn't named
because it hospitalised climbers!''
Rather, the name dated back to when farmers used the area as
a place to rest ailing horses, sheep and cattle, the website