The family of a tramper who has been missing for a week say they are caught between grieving and holding out hope he will be found alive.

Darren Myers, 49, was reported missing after he failed to return home from a hike through the Northern Crossing in the Tararua Ranges on Saturday.

A full ground and aerial search resumed today after being scaled back earlier in the week because of poor weather conditions.

"Every day is D-Day for us," said Myers' brother-in-law Duncan Styles.

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"But as you get to the end of each day and there's no news then D-Day

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