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The rider ‘‘may have been distracted’’ when he ran into the vehicle, hitting a bike rack mounted on the back, Snr Const Cahill said.
Several passersby helped the injured man until emergency services arrived.
The vehicle was being driven by a Wanaka couple returning from a camping trip near the resort.
A St John spokesman said the rider was initially taken to Lakes District Hospital before being flown by helicopter to Dunedin.