A Japanese woman who went missing in the Kaimai Ranges last night has been found by rescuers this morning.
The 39-year-old student alerted police just before 5pm yesterday and she was found by rescuers just before 4am.
The woman became lost in the Kaimai Ranges near the North Henderson Tram Line, after taking a wrong turn and becoming disorientated while trying to retrace her steps.
Tauranga Police Search & Rescue and Tauranga Land SAR volunteers spent 12 hours searching for the student, police said.
The Tauranga Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter also searched the area for the woman after nightfall, using Night Vision Goggles, but was unable to locate her.
Sergeant Craig Madden said she did all the right things after becoming lost.
"She stayed calm and once she found a location with cellphone coverage, called police for help.
"The search and rescue members who found her said 'she would give Bear Grylls a run for his money,'" he said.
Despite doing the right things after she lost her way, Sergeant Madden said there were a few things she could have done in preparation for the tramp.
"Although she did the right things after she was lost she should have left an intention trip card with a friend or in view in her car and trampers should always take sufficient supplies in case of emergencies," he said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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