Searchers scouring the Heaphy Track area for missing Karamea man Andrew Ross White have recovered human remains from the coastline north of Katipo Shelter.
Search and Rescue coordinator Sergeant Sean Judd said the items recovered yesterday would undergo forensic analysis before the deceased could be formally identified.
However, given the location he was confident it was the missing man.
Judd said the items recovered appeared to have washed in on the tide.
They were found about 6km north of the Karamea end of the track where here White was last seen.
The 58-year-old started walking the multi-day track from the Takaka end in Golden Bay on August 6.
Police were notified this week that he had not been seen since.
The 78.4km track in the northwest top of the South Island is New Zealand's longest Great Walk. One end is just north of White's home town, the West Coast's northernmost township with a population of only 423 in the 2006 census.
White, who sometimes went by the name Ross Andrews, purchased two hut tickets for the track, which suggested he planned to only spend two nights on walk.
He was dropped off at its start on August 6 and had stayed the previous night at Nirvana Backpackers in Takaka.
Police have said he was not well equipped for his trip and feared for his safety.
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