The body of a 60-year-old man has been recovered from Mt Aspiring National Park. Senior Sergeant Allan Grindell of Wanaka said police were attempting to contact the man's next of kin overseas.

A helicopter search of the Wilkin Valley, near Mt Twilight, was launched about 3pm yesterday after the man was reported missing by tramping party companions.

The man was believed to have fallen while negotiating a new route.