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Trapped skiers leave Tukino ski field

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 10/09/2016

School kids holed up in lodges on Tukino ski field since Thursday are heading home.

A group of 58 students from Wellington High School and 20 from St Bernard's School, a primary school in Wellington, have been unable to leave because of bad weather.

"As we speak, they're all loading up and getting ready to head down," field manager Sue Graham told NZ Newswire.

"We've had a full clearance in the weather. The wind has died down and the visibility is there now," she said.

A convoy of 4WD vehicles will head out about 1pm on Saturday to the Desert Road. People heading in will do so via a return convoy at 2pm and a second group will leave about 3pm, she said.

"The road has been cleared," she said.

"There'll be two big convoys going out and we've stopped other traffic coming in just to be 100 per cent sure," she said.

Wellington High School said the group of of its Year 13 outdoor education and physical education students and teachers were skiing and snowboarding on the mountain as part of the senior outdoor education and physical education programme.

While they were unable to leave, they were safe in the Tukino Ski Field Lodge.

"They are enjoying an authentic mountain experience and are spending time helping out with a younger group who are also at the lodge," the school said.

Tukino is a club ski field, operated and maintained by club members. It's accessible with 4WD vehicles via a 14km road and is open to the public.

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