High winds in the Nelson Lakes area today are expected to
frustrate searchers looking for a missing British tramper.
Andrew Ian Wyatt, 41, was last seen at Blue Lake in Nelson
Lakes National Park on or about December 14.
Strong alpine winds were expected to continue until Friday,
when the Air Force was due to join the search, police said.
"We've still got high winds in the alpine environment, so we
can't get in there," Senior Constable David Cogger said.
Search teams were waiting on standby in case conditions
Mr Cogger said police were still speaking to people who had
been tramping in the area, but there had been no new
Police were going to attempt to trace Mr Wyatt's banking
records, but public holidays had delayed getting his banking
details from the United Kingdom.
"And his banking literature is on his laptop, which is locked
and is flat.
"We're still trying hard, you've got to keep going and going
In the area Mr Wyatt was tramping, he had two options of
paths to travel, either towards the D'Urville Valley or the
Waiau Valley, Mr Cogger said.
Mr Wyatt also failed to fill in log books at Department of
Conservation huts, "so we've got no real starting point".
He had a back country pass, which meant he could have stayed
in any of the huts for free, so there was no reason not to
fill in the books, Mr Cogger said.
Police knew Mr Wyatt's planned route, but his plan was
decided in November and weather could have changed his plans
since that time, he said.
He was intending to tramp to the Boyle Village in Lewis Pass,
where he was due to pick up a food package on December 16,
but he never arrived.
His intention was to then carry onto Arthurs Pass where he
had another food parcel to collect, police said.
Police have been in contact with his parents in Cornwall,
England, who said they had not heard from him since December
Mr Cogger said Andrew Wyatt had been in email contact with
his father. "I think any parent would be concerned about the
well being of their children when they're 12000 miles away,"
Police still want to speak to anyone who was tramping in the
Blue Lake, Sabine Valley, D'Urville Valley area of Nelson
Lakes National Park between December 13 and 19.
Contact Nelson Police on 03 546 3840 urgently. The Police
event number is P015791441.
Mr Wyatt is 180cm tall, with ginger hair and was carrying