11 Jun 2017

Woman rescued after car plunges down cliff

10:50 pm on 11 June 2017

A woman has been rescued from a gorge in Taupō, after her car plunged down a near-vertical cliff.

The woman has been taken to Rotorua Hospital with chest and back injuries.

Photo: Philips Search and Rescue Trust

The Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was called to the Waipunga Gorge just after 4.30pm.

Helicopter pilot Nat Every said the car veered off the road, plummeted about 15 metres down a very steep bank and was stopped by a large rock.

Mr Every said if the rock had not been there, the car could have ended up in the river below.

He said the woman was exceptionally lucky to escape the crash.

The woman was taken to Rotorua Hospital with injuries to her back and chest.