One man is dead after a helicopter full of skiers and snowboarders crashed into a mountain in New Zealand.
Seven New Zealanders were on board the Harris Mountains Heliski flight when it crashed at Mount Alta, near Wanaka, on Saturday afternoon. Several people have been rescued from the wreckage and flown to hospitals and medical centres.
Up to eight helicopters have headed to the scene to help, including other helicopters owned by Harris Mountains Heliski, and police said crew were still on site.
The helicopter crashed on the north face of Mount Alta about 12.20pm, in "excellent" conditions, the company said.
On board was a pilot, an instructor and five passengers.
The company runs heliski trips out of Queenstown and Wanaka and has been operating for 30 years. Its website states its clients have exclusive access to extensive terrain in Queenstown, Wanaka and Mount Cook.
Four people have been transferred to Dunedin Hospital in a serious but stable condition. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
Two other people have been treated at Wanaka Medical Centre for minor injuries.
Police are contacting the family of the man who died.
Senior Sergeant Gavin Briggs, of Southern Police, said all those on board the helicopter were from New Zealand.