Search and Rescue operation underway in Te Urewera

Police, LandSAR volunteers and a helicopter are currently searching for a father and son who have failed to return from a seven day tramp in Te Urewera (Waikaremoana & Waiau areas).

The father, who is middle aged, and his teenage son were due to exit the bush at Hopuruahine Landing at 5pm last night but never showed.

The shuttle driver waiting to collect them stayed at the meeting point overnight before reporting the pair missing to Police at approximately 10:30am this morning.

The pair were well-equipped for the tramp, and the father is experienced.

Today’s search will continue until dark.

Police ask that anyone who has been in Te Urewera over the last week, who may have seen the pair, contact Wairoa Police on 06 838 8345.

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