A recovery operation is under way to retrieve the bodies of two climbers after an accident near the top of Mt Taranaki.
A police spokesman said police and Alpine Cliff Rescue staff were trying to recover the bodies and conduct a scene examination.
A search and rescue operation was mounted after police were told a climber had fallen just before 10pm yesterday and the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter flew over the area.
A police spokesperson said the bodies of two climbers were spotted just after midnight.
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However, because of the weather and darkness, the bodies could not be recovered at the time.
Inquiries are ongoing and efforts are being made to identify the two people.