An elderly man who was missing in a forest overnight near Wanganui has been found safe and well.

A police spokeswoman said the 70-year-old man went missing yesterday after he was planting trees in the Taunoka forest.

The spokeswoman said the man walked up to a search and rescue team at 1.45 this afternoon, and "showed up safe and sound".

He was uninjured and did not require any medical attention.

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The man was trying to keep up with other forestry workers but stopped for a rest. By the time they came back for him he was missing.

A search team was sent out into the forest last night but the search was suspended before he was found.