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Aussies rescued from 'Mt Doom'

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 24/08/2016

As if trying to re-enact a scene from Lord of the Rings, two Australians have been airlifted - by helicopter, not eagle - from 'Mt Doom' after getting lost in the Tongariro National Park.

The 49-year-old Australian man and his 13-year-old son set out to visit Mt Tongariro on Tuesday night and as they approached the high point of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing they were encouraged by other trampers to continue on rather than return to their car.

But after taking a wrong turn at Emerald Lakes they ended up in the Oturere Valley where they eventually called for help around 6.40pm.

Police were able to pinpoint the pair's location using the man's phone GPS.

"The man used his camera flash to indicate his position to the (helicopter) crew with their night vision goggles," police said.

"The helicopter was able to hover in the tussock a hundred metres away, then a rescuer scrambled through the bush to find the two, who were cold but otherwise unscathed."

The pair have continued on their holiday on Wednesday.

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