Tramper dies after fall on Routeburn Track

The Routeburn Track. Stock photo: Getty
The Routeburn Track. Stock photo: Getty
A 70-year-old man from Australia has died after falling on the Routeburn Track today.

Emergency services were called to the scene, between Lake McKenzie Hut and Routeburn Falls Hut, about 12.45pm.

Police said the man - who was part of a guided walking tour - was reportedly seriously injured and a rescue helicopter was dispatched.

A paramedic on board the helicopter later confirmed the man had died.

Low cloud and high winds prevented the immediate recovery of the man’s body; however, this was completed about 7.30pm with the assistance of police and Search and Rescue volunteers from Queenstown.

His death will be referred to the Coroner, and Worksafe has been notified.

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