Police have released photos taken by the NZCC West Coast Rescue Helicopter showing just how lucky an Australian tramper missing on the Croesus Track was to be spotted and rescued from the thick bush.
He was found after straying from the track on January 16. Sergeant Sean Judd, of Westport police, said the photos were a reminder how hard it could be to spot people in the bush.
"I doubt he will ever realise how lucky he was to be picked up that first day."
Mr Judd said bright coloured clothing, waving a high visibility pack cover, a torch, mirror, small fire or camera crash could all attract attention. It also highlights the great job our search and rescue teams do in locating these people."