3 Oct 2018

Tramper who died on Mt Tongariro after separating from group named

3:57 pm on 3 October 2018

The Indian tramper who was killed while hiking on Mount Tongariro has been named.

Trampers in the Tongariro mist

Sateesh Babu Halehally-Chikkanna became separated from his group while tramping on Mt Tongariro earlier this week. Photo: Bruce Hopkins

He was 54-year-old Sateesh Babu Halehally-Chikkanna.

Mr Halehally-Chikkanna's body was found by rescue crews yesterday.

He had become separated from his group on Monday.

Taupo Search and Rescue coordinator senior constable Barry Shepherd said yesterday was a tough day for the family, searchers and local iwi.

"We have a very tight-knit search and rescue community here in the central North Island and Mr Halehally-Chikkanna's death saddens us all personally," he said.

Mr Shepherd had some important advice for trampers to prevent further deaths.

"Stay as a group, keep an eye on the weather, be prepared to turn back and wear appropriate clothing," he said.

Police said the coroner would determine the cause of death.