Bad weather affects search for missing trampers in Kahurangi National Park

Bad weather has affected the search for two young trampers missing in the bush at the top of the South Island for more than two weeks.

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A Defence Force helicopter helps search for missing trampers in Kahurangi National Park. Photo: NZ Defence Force

Six groups including the police, Defence Force and specialist search and rescue teams are now in their sixth day looking for Jessica O’Connor and Dion Reynolds, both 23 years old.

The search has been focussed in the Kahurangi National Park, west of Nelson, where the pair tramped into 15 days ago and didn’t return when expected.

So far extensive searching has not uncovered any solid sign on them.

Up to 100 millimetres of rain is expected in the area in the next 24 hours.

Rescuers in more exposed parts of the search will hold off, while those in safer areas will continue.

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