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Searchers rescue mother and daughter, lost overnight in Tararuas

News from NZ Police
Searchers have this morning rescued a mother and daughter, overdue while tramping in the Tararua Forest Park.

The women, aged 40 and 60, are described as being in “reasonable health” and efforts are being made to plan their evacuation back to Masterton.

The women left Mt. Holdsworth carpark at about 9am on Sunday. They intended to walk to the Waiohine Gorge Road end via Totara Flats using the Department of Conservation track that negiotates this area.

There had been heavy rain in the Tararuas (as much as 150 mm). The women were not equipped for an overnight stay. The track is well serviced by bridges but rivers in the area were flooded. They failed to reach Waiohine Gorge Road end where they were due to be picked up at 5.30pm. It is about a 17km walk from Holdsworth Lodge to the Waiohine Gorge Road end.

Two search teams were deployed into the park to look for the women at 10.30pm last night, as heavy rain was falling. They were found early this morning and are to be flown out.

The Incident Control Point for the search was the Wairarapa Search and Rescue base situated at Hood Aerodrome.