For those who felt the summer did not last long enough, the
good news is that they can expect a warm end to autumn, the
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research's (Niwa)
National Climate Centre says.
All 120 independent trampers stranded since Monday on the
storm-damaged Milford and Routeburn tracks were evacuated by
helicopter, bus or boat to Te Anau yesterday afternoon, with
no injuries reported.
More than 120 trampers were last night stranded in huts on
the Milford Track awaiting evacuation, after a southerly
blast tore through Fiordland and triggered landslips that
closed the Milford road early yesterday.