Rain strands trampers on Milford Track

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 River.

 

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