To be attributed to Wairarapa Area Commander Inspector Donna Howard:
Two male trampers, aged 39 and 32, have today been found dead on a track in the Tararua Forest Park in Wairarapa.
The men were reported overdue last night [Sunday] at around 7:00pm by a family member. The pair had headed out on an overnight tramp to Alpha Hut from the Waiohine Gorge campsite on Saturday morning, and were due back on Sunday evening.
One body was located at approximately 10:25am by a member of the public. Search and Rescue located a second body at around 1:00pm a short distance away. Both bodies were recovered from the bush this afternoon.
While weather conditions in the Tararuas were generally good over the weekend, temperatures did fall overnight and Police are working to establish what experience the pair had.
Police will be investigating what happened on behalf of the Coroner.
Issued by Police Media Centre