A search for a Chinese backpacker missing at National Park,
Ruapehu, has been ramped up this morning.
The 28-year-old man, who had been travelling on his own
around the North Island, was last seen on Sunday before he
went for a walk on local tracks.
The alarm was raised about noon yesterday by the owner of the
accommodation where the man had been staying.
Police are concerned for his wellbeing, with reports that he
was unprepared for the bad weather which closed in.
One police team searched throughout the night and six more
search teams were deployed early this morning.
"We have been notified by a local that the [Chinese] man was
seen walking on a particular track," said search coordinator
Sergeant Colin Wright.
"Our search has been focusing on this area and a helicopter
is currently completing an aerial search.
"The weather conditions are not great at the moment but we
hope to have our teams out as long as possible."
The seven search teams today are made up of 30 people from
Wanganui LandSAR and police staff from Marton, Whanganui,
Taihape, Turangi, and Taupo.