Helicopter crashes on State Highway 1 north of Taupō

A helicopter has crashed on State Highway 1 north of Taupō after hitting power lines.


Emergency services are responding to State Highway 1 near Maroa Road, near Atiamuri.

Fire and Emergency NZ say the pilot was the only occupant and he was "conscious and walking around" after the crash.

St John says he has been taken to Rotorua hospital in a moderate condition.

Police were called to the incident about 1.50pm. 

State Highway 1 is open, but motorists are asked to take care in the area.