A 20-year-old Winchester man who died while hunting in the Rock and Pillar Range in Central Otago over the weekend was riding a quad bike.
James Peter Barry Tuite, had set out alone on a hunting trip on Friday afternoon in the Waipiata area but failed to return as expected on Friday evening.
The alarm was raised with police at around 11.30 on Friday evening. A family member found him before an official search was due to start the following morning.
Sergeant Simon Paget of Cromwell Police said it appeared Mr Tuite's quad bike had crashed in an area of steep terrain. The matter has now been referred to the coroner.
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