Two trampers five days overdue from a walk near Lake Ohau in the Mackenzie Basin have been found safe.
Searchers and a helicopter were sent out to find the pair after fears were raised they had been trapped by rising rivers levels following days of heavy rain in the region.
Police had said they did not have any immediate concerns for their safety, but the river level was extremely high and would remain so for a few days.
The couple's vehicle was found in the South Temple carpark after the alarm was raised when a friend reported them overdue. The pair - a woman aged 37 and a man aged 40 - were expected to return on December 30.
Inspector Dave Gaskin said about 10 tramping parties had been reported overdue this week due to the weather.
Yesterday, three trampers trapped by floodwaters were flown out of the area.
Constable Joe Rush said two men in their 50s had been stuck in a hut in Dobson Valley, at the head of Lake Ohau, after heavy rain caused water levels to rise dramatically.
The pair had been due out of the bush on December 31 and were reported missing by family members.
A second pair had been stuck nearby, with their vehicle. They were reported missing after failing to return from their tramp on January 1.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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