Andrew Ian Wyatt.
Police say they are confident the body recovered from
Nelson Lakes National Park yesterday afternoon is that of
missing British tramper Andrew Ian Wyatt.
Search coordinator Constable Dave Cogger said Mr Wyatt had an
"unsurvivable fall'' from Lake Constance Bluff.
Police were now trying to arrange a formal identification of
Mr Wyatt's family in Britain had been advised, Mr Cogger
Police would like to acknowledge the efforts of search and
rescue volunteers from Nelson, Golden Bay and Marlborough who
worked alongside police during the operation.
Mr Wyatt arrived in New Zealand on November 21 with the
intention of walking the Te Araroa Trail, which linked
tramping routes from Cape Reinga to Bluff.
The last known sighting of him was on December 15 when he
left Blue Lake Hut about 6am.
Teams of expert alpine searchers were to be flown into the
Nelson Lakes National Park yesterday to begin a ground search
Bad weather had prevented searchers getting to the area
before then, Mr Cogger said.