Trampers rescued in Kahurangi after being stranded by rising river levels
Three trampers were airlifted from the Kahurangi National Park after becoming trapped by rising river levels.
The three women, two from Tauranga and one from Punakaiki, had been tramping on the Leslie-Karamean track when they became stranded on Sunday by the rising waters as they attempted to get to the Venus Hut.
After retracing their route, they sheltered at Thor Hut overnight before reassessing their situation. With river levels still rising on Monday morning, the women activated their emergency locator beacon.
They were picked up by the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter later on Monday morning.
Rescue helicopter pilot Barry McAuliffe said the women set off the beacon so people meeting them at the end of the track didn't consider them overdue.
"They were just worried about their deadline at the other end and if they weren't there at the end then all hell would have broken loose," he said.
"There's been a fair bit of rain so the river levels have definitely been up. We could see that it has been raging. They made the right decision so that they didn't push on."
The helicopter brought the trampers back to Nelson uninjured.