A body has been located in the Tora bush, believed to be that of a missing hunter.

Search and rescue had been looking for a 60-year-old Wairarapa man who failed to return from a hunting trip yesterday.

Police said the man was an experienced hunter.

The man went into the bush at 9.30am on Saturday morning and was due to return yesterday at noon.

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Land Search and Rescue carried out searches overnight but could not deploy a helicopter due to windy weather conditions.

A helicopter has been carrying out an aerial search of the area this morning, and three teams were on the ground.

Police have not yet confirmed the identity of the man.