Searchers looking for two young Canadians missing in the South Island spotted a body in a field of avalanche debris late today.

The body, of a male, was located during an aerial search in an area between the Hanging Valley Hut and the Iris Burn Hut in Fiordland National Park about 4pm.

The identity of the male had not been confirmed late last night.

The body was found about 350m below the Kepler Track, which the two 23-year-old Canadians had signalled they wanted to walk.


The police said late last night that they had told the families of the two men of the discovery.

Louis-Vincent Lessard and Etienne Lemieux travelled to Te Anau from Queenstown on an Intercity bus on July 7, arriving about 9.45am.

Search and rescue squads and the Queenstown police CIB were both involved in the search.

According to a Facebook page set up to raise awareness of the missing tourists, they were industrial design students at Montreal University.