Over due climbers safe in Fiordland

Two over due climbers have been found safe in Fiordland this morning.

A search for the pair was called off after the pair contacted emergency services to say they were safe this morning. 

Sergeant Pete Graham, of Invercargill, said the two climbers were attempting to do the Macpherson-Talbot Traverse descending down the Gertrude saddle to the Chapel shelter near the entrance to the Homer Tunnel in Fiordland.

The climbers set off at 3.30am yesterday morning and were expected to arrive at the Chapel shelter after 6-8 hours but failed to reach their final destination last night.

The climbers were reported overdue and a helicopter search was launched at 7.30am this morning.

A Te Anau poice spokeswoman said the climbers eventually made their way to the Chapel and used a satelite phone to alert authorities who called off the search.

Police would speak with the climbers tomorrow to find out what happened, she said.