A helicopter was expected to fly to Brewster Hut in the Haast
Pass area today to check on a tourist who had not returned
from a walk yesterday.
A Department of Conservation worker raised the alarm after
finding the woman's rental van at a car park near the summit.
West Coast police search and rescue co-ordinator constable
Mike Tinnelly said they were waiting before mounting a full
"We are waiting to find out whether the woman spent the night
at the Brewster Hut." The walk to the hut was about three
"If she left later yesterday, she may have stayed the night
and be coming out today."