More than 100 trampers marooned in Milford Track huts
overnight should be able to walk out this morning.
The Department of Conservation has today reopened the famous
walking track in Fiordland National Park after water levels
reached head-height in some parts yesterday.
There were fears last night the three groups, totalling 120
trampers, would have to be flown out by helicopters today
after heavy rain lashed the area.
They spent two nights trapped in huts after the rainfall saw
rivers rise and forced the closure of the popular walk.
DOC last night said parts of the track were impassable, but
the walkers were warm, dry and in high spirits.
But this morning the trampers were back on the track, despite
severe weather and flood warnings remaining in place.
MetService forecasters say West Coast and Southern Alps
rainfall could reach record levels today, while the public
has been warned to stay away from the swollen Rangitata