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Search continues for missing hiker at Tongariro

The search has continued for a 53-year-old man who has been reported as missing on Mount Tongariro.

The man was one of four men part of a hike of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing from Ketetahi to Mangatepopo which began at 8am on Monday, says a police media spokesperson.

"The group stayed together until the bush edge below Ketetahi Hut, where three of the men continued without the missing man.

"Police were notified the man was missing by his wife when he did not return to his vehicle around 5pm.

"The search continued until after midnight in blizzard conditions without success and reconvened at 7am this morning with four teams and helicopter assistance."

Police and LandSAR teams continue their search today.

"Conditions have improved today."

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