Search on for missing hunter

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.


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