Body of Darren Myers, tramper missing in Tararua Range found

Elias Hubbard
June 12, 2019

A British hiker has been found dead on a mountain range in New Zealand almost two weeks after he went missing.

The body of Wellington man Darren Myers was found by search teams today.

Myers has been missing for 11 days after setting out on a hike through the Northern Crossing on June 1.

He was "really motivated in helping out New Zealand's building crisis", Mr Styles said.

"The conditions were just about as bad as you can get up there", he added.

The brother-in-law of a hiker found dead in the Tararua Ranges has spoken of his family's "anguish" during the time he was missing and the tragic news of his death.

He said the family felt gutted over the news.

Search teams scouring the area had for days battled hard terrain and at-times severe weather, with Myers spotted from the air in the morning amid improved conditions.

Police said it was likely to be a clue as he was known to have the brand of chocolate with him on his hike.

Sergeant Anthony Harmer had admitted yesterday that the chance was "diminishing" that Mr Myers was still alive.

A British hiker missing for nearly a fortnight in a New Zealand mountain range has been found dead at the bottom of a waterfall.

Myers' disappearance this month prompted warnings about the scenic mountain range, with experts saying shifting conditions - particularly in winter - and challenging terrain made it a danger for even experienced hikers.

In 2016, a Czech women spent almost a month alone in a warden's hut on a remote hiking trail on the country's South Island after her male partner was killed in a fall.

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