Lost Tararua Trampers Found

April 17, 2018

Two well-prepared trampers were found after getting into difficulties in the Tararua Ranges on Saturday night.


They had a personal locator beacon and activated it while seeking shelter.


At about 9pm on Monday night, the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) staff coped with severe turbulence and low cloud to transport three Police-led Search and Rescue teams into the search area.


They located the emergency beacon and found the trampers at 1.30am Monday morning. They were cold, tired and exhausted.


During the morning the men were taken to a nearby Department of Conservation Hut where they were given food and dry clothing. After being checked over they appeared to be in good condition.


The plan was then to airlift them from the ranges but the weather wasn’t ideal.

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