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The 55-year-old North Island "experienced" paraglider who was injured yesterday near Twizel was on a paragliding course.
The man was training with Queenstown-based company, Paraventures when he got into trouble just before 11am near Ohau Snow Fields.
Paraventures owner Mark Hardman said there was an "accident on takeoff".
He said the company would hold an internal investigation into what occurred and had alerted the NZ Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association and the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand of the incident.
"Once the dust settles, we will have a debrief and look at the contributing factors."
Constable Joe Rush, of Twizel, said the man was airlifted to Dunedin Hospital with a "significant" leg injury. He said the incident occurred in a subalpine tussock area during good weather.He said it was too early to say what caused the incident.