Two trampers missing in Tararua Forest Park in Wairarapa
overnight have been found this morning after being trapped by
The mother and daughter, aged 40 and 60, set off on a walk in
the the Totara Flats area from the Mt Holdsworth car park
about 9am yesterday.
However, they failed to show up up at Waiohine Gorge Rd by
5.30pm as expected.
Two search teams entered the park about 10.30pm yesterday and
found the pair, about an hour's walk downstream from the
Totara Flats Hut, shortly before 5am today.
Inspector Dave Rose of police central communications said the
women got caught in a large slip on the track as they were
trying to get out.
"They appear to be in good health, having spent the night out
in some atrocious weather conditions," he said.
Heavy rain has lashed the area, with up to 150mm of heavy
rain in the Tararua Ranges, flooding rivers.
Mr Rose said the women would be airlifted out of the park by
helicopter after daylight and flown to Masterton.
Police earlier said the women were not equipped for an
overnight stay and heavy rain was continuing in the area.