Search teams are pinning their hopes on one last area of the
Kahurangi National Park where Alistair Levy has been missing
for nearly a week.
Poor weather continues to hamper the search effort for the
54-year-old, but it is forecast to clear later today.
Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter pilot Jarrod Colbourne
said police had one last area they wanted to search in the
hope Mr Levy was there.
"Hopefully we'll get that done today, the weather is getting
better," he said.
"We're going to have a pilot and three observers on board and
we'll just be moving slowly over the target are with the
observers looking for any indications of the missing person."
Search co-ordinator Sergeant Mike Fitzsimons met with Mr
Levy's family yesterday to keep them informed on the search.
He said they understood the situation was grim.
Mr Levy left Nelson last Saturday morning. He sent a text
message on Sunday morning to say he had tramped to 1875m up
Mt Owen and had not been heard from since.
The Palmerston North man was due to pick up his bike from a
cafe in Kohatu and cycle back to his car at the start of the
track at Courthouse Flat, but never made it.
He has been described as an experienced tramper but had no
emergency locator beacon on him.