Woman swept away while trekking in New Zealand

A TREKKER has been swept away while trying to cross a stream on the Milford Track.

Police said they have grave fears for the 22-year-old woman, who was walking with her Australian partner when she was caught in the Pompolona Creek and was swept in to the Clinton River around 3pm yesterday.

Searchers in a helicopter looked for her this morning but there has been so sign of her since the event.

Her partner activated an emergency beacon after the incident and the Rescue Coordination Centre attempted to send a helicopter to his location however bad weather forced the helicopter to turn back.

Recent rainfall has made the Pompolona Creek rise and weather conditions are poor with rain continuing to fall this afternoon, police said.

A foot search is not feasible, however another aerial search is expected to go ahead this afternoon.

The woman, whose nationality was not released by police, and her Australian partner were visiting New Zealand and were walking the Milford Track after spending some time in Queenstown.

Police said they are working with local Department of Conservation staff and land search and rescue volunteers.

Topics:  new zealand trekking

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Regional residents join refugee fight

Hundreds of people from Tweed, Lismore, Toowoomba, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Ipswich will travel to Brisbane for a refugee and asylum seeker forum hosted by the ASRC, Amnesty International, Oxfam Australia and Mums 4 Refugees.

'People are really troubled by the harsh way that we treat refugees'

Sri Lankan family pulled from plane minutes before deportation

The people of Biloela were left stunned last week when Priya and Nadesalingam's home was stormed by Australian Border Security at 5am last Monday.

The Biloela-based asylum seekers were given temporary legal reprieve

Children 'ripped' from beds, border force threatens deportation

Priya and Nadesalingam's two daughters Dharuniga and Kopiga.

Biloela was left stunned when ABS stormed a much-loved family's home

Local Partners