21 Oct 2019

Body found at Mt Tongariro National Park in search for missing woman

10:53 am on 21 October 2019

A body has been found in the search for a missing 51-year-old woman in Tongariro National Park.

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The Red Crater on the Tongariro Crossing. Photo: Alexia Russell

Police and Land Search and Rescue (LandSAR) from the central North Island recovered her body from Red Crater, Mt Tongariro yesterday afternoon.

The woman was part of a group of four who set out Friday morning to hike around the Tongariro Northern Circuit walk.

After taking a wrong turn, three of them decided to turn back while the woman carried on.

She did not return on Saturday evening as arranged and on Sunday morning her friends reported her overdue.

Senior Constable Barry Shepherd said the death was a tragic outcome.

Taupō police and staff from the Chinese Embassy were supporting the three friends, he said.

The circumstances of the woman's death are still being investigated and the matter has been referred to the coroner.