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Missing hikers found after 10 days in New Zealand wilderness

The three hikers had set out on what was supposed to be a three-day walk but went missing amid severe weather conditions.

Kahurangi National Park
Kahurangi National Park
Image: Peter Hall Wright via Flickr/Creative Commons

NEW ZEALAND POLICE today found a group of hikers from the United States and Finland who had been lost for 10 days in a rugged South Island nature reserve.

The group, comprising two Americans and a Finn, set off on what was supposed to be a three-day walk in Kahurangi National Park on 12 April but failed to complete the trek as planned amid deteriorating weather.

They were not reported missing until April 21, prompting a major search and rescue operation in the area, which has been hit by heavy rain and flooding in recent days.

Police said the trio were found sheltering in a hut located in the national park at about 5:00 pm (5am GMT) on Monday.

They said all three were in good health, although one woman, whose nationality was not revealed, needed medical attention.

- © AFP, 2013

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