Wainuiomata: Overdue trampers in Rimutaka Forest Park make contact

Police report that the trampers have contacted family and said they were safe and well, and are in the process of making their way out of the Park after crossing the Orongorongo River.

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What with the atrocious Spring weather over this last weekend concern has been raised over four trampers who failed to return from an overnight trip in the Rimutaka Forest Park.

The group, all in their 20s, with at least one described as “reasonably inexperienced”, left on Saturday for the Orongorongo Valley.

They were supposed to return yesterday.

Acting Senior Sergeant Steve Braybrook said the conditions were bad last night with heavy rain, which would have prevented the group leaving the valley.

The rivers were still high and impossible to cross.

“It’s not a surprise they have not come out as of yet,” he said.

via Stuff