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Missing mother and daughter safe but tired

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 29/04/2016

A US woman and her daughter spent four nights out in the New Zealand wilderness after getting lost on a day walk before being found by rescuers.

Carolyn Lloyd, 45, and Rachel Lloyd, 22, went on a walk on the Kapakapanui Track, in Tararua Forest Park near Waikanae late-to-mid morning on Tuesday, Sergeant Anthony Harmer says.

Police became aware they were missing on Friday, when they had been in the wilderness for three unexpected nights.

A search helicopter spotted them on Saturday.

The pair headed off the main track unknowingly, ended up in a rough area and settled near a waterway where they became stranded.

They rationed their resources and stayed together for warmth, he said.

"They gave themselves the best chance possible and they got the best result possible," he said.

"We found them in an area we had a high probability of finding them in," he said.

They are dehydrated and exhausted but are not believed to be suffering from hyperthermia.

The days were mild this week and the conditions were "survivable", he said.

Sgt Harmer said people should use the adventure smart website to notify people of where they were going.

The pair were due to check out of their Palmerston North motel on Wednesday and were expected to return to their rental vehicle at 11am on Friday.

The motel and Massey University's student services reported them missing.

Police went public with concerns about the pair on Friday afternoon and in the evening announced the car had been found at the entrance of the track.

A search and rescue operation in the forest park resumed before 6am on Saturday, with two dog teams, helicopters and four-wheel-drive vehicles being deployed.

Police confirmed shortly before 1pm on Saturday the pair had been found.

They were taken to Kenepuru Hospital.

The pair were well-accomplished walkers.

"We have no criticism of them," Sgt Harmer said.

The track is in the southern Tarauras and is steep in places.

"It's probably not for a beginner walker but for the intermediate to above-average walker it's a great track that should be enjoyed by everyone," Sgt Harmer said.

Carolyn Lloyd is visiting from the US to see her daughter who is a student at Massey University.

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