120 trampers stuck on track

NEIL RATLEY
Last updated 15:33 02/01/2013
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Cindy Puijk, of Holland, arrives back at Te Anau Downs today.

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Cindy Puijk, of Holland, is one of hundred of trampers that have started to come out of the Milford Track after being trapped because of rain.

Puijk, arrived back at Te Anau Downs today after spending two days isolated at the Clinton Hut.

She had to abandon her plans to walk the track because of commitments to catch an international flight from Auckland to Holland on Friday.

She said the hut warden said there had been 400mls overnight and even the helipad at Mintaro, the next hut was flooded as well.

After spending the past four  weeks hitching through New Zealand it was a disappointment not to be able to walk the Milford Track, she said.

More than 100 trampers stranded on the Milford Track because of flooding have resumed their walk earlier today.

The Southern Alps had two days of heavy rain, with around 250 millimetres of rain falling in Fiordland overnight on Monday.

The popular Milford Track closed down and stranded 120 trampers, who hunkered down in Department of Conservation huts.

A DOC spokeswoman said the trampers, guided by rangers, have started their walk again and would only stop if more severe weather hit.

One tramper had to be airlifted from the Kepler Track with hypothermia yesterday.

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- The Southland Times

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