Two injured trampers are waiting to be rescued from Te Matawai Hut in the Tararuas.
The trampers, who had hurt their knees, were part of a group of three teenage girls and an adult who walked in to the hut on Saturday.
Police tonight said they would need to wait for a break in the weather before attempting to reach them.
The trampers were comfortable at the hut and had enough food, but were unable to walk out alone.
The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter tried to fly to the hut earlier this morning, but was hindered by low cloud and rain.
A Search and Rescue member was flown some way into the ranges and was to walk the remaining 3km to the hut.
Police said communicating with the trampers had been difficult because they were reliant on cell phones.
Police reminded hunters and trampers that they should ensure they had reliable communication with them, with the most reliable form being a radio.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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