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Tourist spends unplanned night on track

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 17/05/2016

A day walk on the Routeburn track has turned into an overnight ordeal for a Dutch tourist after she became separated from her partner.

The 29-year-old was found safe and well at Lake Mackenzie Hut in Fiordland National park on Wednesday morning after a helicopter was sent in to look for her.

Her walking partner had reported her missing just before 10pm on Tuesday.

The incident was a reminder for trampers to stick together and be prepared their trips, even if just for a day.

"This includes taking adequate equipment including waterproof jacket, torch, provisions, as well as leaving notice of their intentions," police said.

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