Trampers found

Two trampers were found safe and well by a rescue helicopter yesterday, after they were reported to be four days overdue returning from a tramp in hill country near Ohau.

A helicopter from Mt Cook was launched after police in Twizel received a call reporting a 40-year-old man and his 37-year-old partner had not returned from a trek around the South Temple Valley.

Detective Warren Duncan, of Oamaru, said the pair's vehicle was located in the South Temple car park on Thursday afternoon and a rescue helicopter quickly located the couple yesterday.

''They walked out with no injuries and in good spirits. They had just been waiting for the weather to clear and the river to come down.

''The helicopter found them and gave them a lift back to the car, basically.''

The search was over within 40 minutes, Det Duncan said.

''Luckily, they were in a clearing when the helicopter found them, and they were able to land and pick them up.''