Two men have been rescued after a cold and wet night lost in Te Urewera National Park near Galatea.
The BayTrust Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to a remote area of the National Park late yesterday afternoon after reports came in that two male hunters were lost, one of whom was injured.
The helicopter flew to the location with a paramedic and two police search and rescue (SAR) team members. Due to poor weather with low cloud and rain, the helicopter could not land at the high point where the pair were waiting.
With fading light the two SAR members were winched in using The Southern Trust rescue hoist and they spent a wet and cold night with the men.
At first light this morning the helicopter was able to get to the location where the group were, and hoist them all to safety.
The two local men aged in their early 20s were in good spirits upon returning to their vehicle.