A man has suffered injuries after getting into trouble on a precarious ledge in Arthurs Pass.
Police, fire and St John were notified of a man on a ledge in the Otira Gorge about 10.30am after witnesses observed him seeming to be stuck. He was unable to be reached by foot.
He was winched out by Westpac rescue helicopter.
A police spokeswoman said at the time that it appeared as if the man had climbed over a barrier past warning signs to take photos.
But Stuff is reporting that police have apologised for saying after it was revealed the man was a tramper who spent 18 hours on trapped after a he fell
Firefighters from Greymouth, Kumara and Arthurs Pass responded to the scene.
Crews used rope experts from Christchurch to get down to the man, until the helicopter could winch him out, said a Fire and Emergency spokesman.
The man was then taken to a landing zone and assessed by paramedics before being airlifted to Christchurch Hospital, a St John spokesman said.