A man's body has been found at Cape Farewell on the northern tip of the South Island - but police say it's unrelated to the search for two missing trampers.

Police received a call on Saturday reporting that personal items had been found on a clifftop track in the area.

A drone was deployed, and the body of a man found some way down the cliff, police said in a statement this afternoon.

Police Search and Rescue and an Alpine Cliff Rescue team are working to recover the body.
The man's death will be referred to the coroner.

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His death is not connected to the search for Dion Reynolds and Jessica O'Connor, who have been missing in nearby Kahurangi National Park since last week, police said.