21 Dec 2014

Hiker dies in Tongariro National Park

7:14 am on 21 December 2014

A 51-year-old hiker from Germany has died while descending Mt Ngauruhoe in Tongariro National Park.

A rescue helicopter search team found the woman on Mt Ngauruhoe today.

A rescue helicopter - pictured here dispatched to a different rescue on Mt Ngauruhoe earlier in 2014. Photo: SUPPLIED

The man was hiking with his wife yesterday afternoon when he collapsed.

A nearby climber initiated CPR and called emergency services.

Poor weather meant a helicopter could only get rescuers to the base of Mt Ngauruhoe.

The volunteers made their way up on foot to recover the man's body.

The death has been referred to the coroner.

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