Missing man was planning Heaphy tramp

MISSING TOURIST: The last known contact with Richard Schwabe, 19, occurred on March 17.
MISSING TOURIST: The last known contact with Richard Schwabe, 19, occurred on March 17.

Police are seeking help finding a German tourist last seen almost two months ago.

The last known contact with 19-year-old Richard Schwabe happened on March 17, when the tourist indicated he planned to walk the Heaphy Track from Golden Bay to Westport.

Schwabe was reported missing to police yesterday by a friend. 

A police spokeswoman said Schwabe was in New Zealand on a working holiday visa and was due to leave the country next month.

Police had no confirmed information that he had entered the Heaphy Track area, as he had not purchased any hut tickets.

"[We're] trying to gather information at this stage," she said.

Anyone who had seen or had contact with Schwabe was asked to call Westport police on 03 789 7339.

The Press