The identity of a man missing in the Nelson Lakes National
Park has been confirmed as German national Christian Ulf Erik
Police became concerned for Mr Prehn's safety following
reports of an abandoned trampers pack on the side of the
Travers Saddle area in the last week.
They confirmed today the pack belonged to Mr Prehn, who
arrived in New Zealand in October on a one year tourist visa.
Inquiries by police indicated the pack - which was full of
gear and personal items - may have been there for up to a
week before it was recovered.
Three search teams, including a search and rescue dog, were
scouring the Travers Saddle area where the Mr Prehn's pack
was located, police said.
A helicopter was also flying over the area.
His parents, who are in Germany, had also spoken with police
in New Zealand.
Search coordinator senior constable Dave Colville said
officers would be speaking to a tramper who shared a hut with
Mr Prehn to try and establish what he was planning to do.
Weather conditions for the search today are fine, although
heavy rain is expected tonight. Snow fell in the area on
Friday, police said.
Anyone who has been in contact with Mr Prehn, or anyone who
has been tramping in the Travers Saddle area in the last week
should contact Nelson Police on (03) 546 3840.