Pair rescued from 3000m up in Southern Alps

The pair got into difficulty overnight on Malte Brun, in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park. Photo:...
The pair got into difficulty overnight on Malte Brun, in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park. Photo: Getty Images
Two climbers have been rescued from high in the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park this morning.

The pair got into difficulty overnight on Malte Brun, the highest peak in the Malte Brun Range on the Southern Alps.

They activated a personal locator beacon at an altitude of 3000m, prompting a swift response from the Rescue Co-ordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ).

An RCCNZ spokesperson said: "Following the beacon activation at 6.15am, Maritime NZ’s Rescue Co-ordination Centre contacted the Department of Conservation Aoraki/Mt Cook Alpine Cliff Rescue (ACR) team, who flew to the location by Southern Lakes Helicopters."

"Responders described the location of the two climbers as steep and technically difficult.

"The helicopter used a long-line rescue method first to land the ACR team next to the climbers and then recover them off the mountain back to a nearby staging area before they were airlifted back to the rescue base at Mt Cook village."

The two climbers were cold but uninjured.

"If planning adventures at this time of the year, please consider the conditions, forecast and risks. Just because it is summer, doesn’t mean the weather will be stable," the spokesperson said.

The notorious spot was also home to one of New Zealand’s highest-ever rescues on Aoraki/Mt Cook in November 2021.

Dramatic footage captured the moment a climber was rescued.