30 Jun 2014

'Missing' tourist checks into hostel

7:48 am on 30 June 2014

The search for an American tourist was called off after he walked into backpacker accommodation on the West Coast.

Philip Mohseni was reported overdue from a tramping trip south of Fox Glacier by his mother, who had not heard from him for several days.

Police said the 24-year-old checked into a backpackers in Hokitika on Sunday evening.

They said he was apologetic after realising the distress he had caused for his family, and was grateful to police and search and rescue staff who had searched for him.