An English tourist had to be rescued from the Motatapu track, between Arrowtown and Wanaka, early this morning.

Senior Sergeant James Ure, of Dunedin, said a family member of the 54-year-old man called police, prompting a search at 10.30pm yesterday.

He was found at 2.20am today.

Police were unsure exactly where on the track he had been found, or in what condition.

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The man had hitchhiked from Queenstown to the start of the track in Glendhu Bay.