The Trustpower TECT rescue helicopter was dispatched to a Whakamarama farm at 6.45pm on Saturday, where a quad bike had rolled down a hill, injuring its driver.
The accident, involving a 70-year-old man, happened at around midday.
When the man failed to show up at home, locals and family members went looking for him. He was found late in the evening, having suffered a serious leg injury requiring medical attention.
St John paramedics attended to the man before he could be moved to an area where the helicopter could land.
Fire and rescue also responded and helped to carry the patient to the helicopter.
The helicopter was called due to the location that was only accessible by four-wheel drive. The flight was conducted using night vision goggles.