Police and volunteers will tonight camp out in bush after spending the day scouring the Hunua Ranges in southeast Auckland for an overdue tramper.
The 36-year-old man was last in contact with friends at 3.30pm yesterday when he sent a text message saying he was delayed. He has not been seen or heard from since.
He is described as being of Asian or Polynesian appearance and of stocky build. He was wearing a light-weight black jacket and three-quarter length shorts and was carrying a day pack.
Police said two search teams were preparing to spend the night in the bush. Temperatures tonight were expected to be similar to the -3 degrees C experienced last night.
Royal New Zealand Air Force Iroquois helicopters will also be searching using night-vision equipment and will be used for transport tomorrow when search teams from Waikato join the search.
Search co-ordinator Sergeant Dene Duthie wanted to hear from anyone who was tramping in the ranges yesterday especially in the Mangatawhiri and Waharau areas.
Even if trampers did not see the man, information they have may assist search teams in directing their searches.
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