Injured man winched off cruise ship, flown 83km back to NZ - 1 News

"He needed to be extracted by winch and was flown to Waikato Hospital in a serious condition," Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust told 1News.

Maritime NZ said the vessel, which was was 45 nautical miles (83km) off the coast northwest of New Plymouth, contacted the Rescue Coordination Centre at 5am today requesting assistance.

Princess Cruises has been contacted for comment.