Rescue teams at Mt Cook are still on standby and poised, waiting for a change in the weather to get through to a sick climber and her companion, stranded on the Rudolph Glacier.
Constable Greg SUTHERLAND says that the teams from Mt Cook and from Wanaka are being briefed now to go in as soon as there is an opportunity.
"We have heard that the weather is clearing in Queenstown so we are hopeful weâ€™ll be able to get in tonight," he says. "In the best case scenario weâ€™ll get one team straight to the patient and get them out tonight. In the next best scenario, weâ€™ll get both teams by helicopter to the glacier tonight."
"Morale and spirits are high amongst the rescuers," says Constable SUTHERLAND.