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Family rescued after night in Tararuas

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/10/2016

A mother and her two sons have been rescued after spending a cold and wet night in the Tararua Ranges.

The woman and the two boys, aged 10 and 12, activated a locator beacon on Friday night after getting in trouble while walking the Marchant Ridge Track.

The children had become cold and exhausted while walking from Kaitoke to the Alpha Hut as part of a four-day hike, the Rescue Coordination Centre's John Ashby said.

Strong wind and torrential rains meant neither a helicopter nor a rescue team could be sent out until Saturday morning.

The group were airlifted out in the morning and taken to an ambulance waiting in Kaitoke.

"They have had a cold wait in very uncomfortable, wet conditions but they had sufficient equipment for a four-day tramp and that has helped them get through the night," Mr Ashby said.

"Without an emergency locator beacon to call for help, this would have been an extremely challenging situation for them."

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