Tourist dies after day of skiing
An Australian tourist collapsed and died in front of his family after a day of skiing in South Canterbury.
Police said the 52-year-old from Western Australia was in New Zealand on holiday with his partner, sister and two young children.
They had spent the day skiing at the Ohau Snow Fields, in North Otago, and were at the cafe when the man started complaining of chest pain about 3pm on Thursday.
Constable Nayland Smith said the man went to the first aid area attached to the cafe.
"His condition deteriorated from there,'' he said.
Patrol staff and a doctor who went up from Twizel carried out CPR for about an hour, but could not revive him.
The Westpac rescue helicopter was called to the scene but the man was already dead when the crew arrived.
Police would release the man's name once next of kin in Australia were informed.
The death has been referred to the coroner.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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