A search is under way for a hunter missing in Te Urewera
National Park, east of Galatea.
Rotorua police and Land Search and Rescue volunteers are
involved in the search for the 58-year-old Taranaki man.
He was one of a group of seven hunters flown into Te Urewera
National Park, east of Galatea, on Monday.
Six of the party went out hunting leaving the now lost man in
camp, but he indicated he was going to go out hunting and
where he would be going.
He was reported overdue by other members of the hunting party
late on Thursday afternoon after failing to return to their
camp on Wednesday afternoon.
A team of searchers walked in overnight to the location of
the hunting camp, arriving about 5am this morning.
Further search teams have been flown into the area to being
searching this morning. There are a total of four grounds
teams along with three 4WD vehicles comprising 19 searchers.
The first priority will be to search the area where the
missing hunter indicated to the rest of his party that he
would be going.
Weather in the area is very bad with limited visibility and
rain, with it expected to deteriorate later today.