Three trampers have been rescued from Mt Ruapehu after bad weather forced them to spend three nights on the mountain.
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) says the two men and one woman, believed to be aged in their late 30s and early 40s, were guided down the mountain by members of the Whakapapa ski patrol about 8pm on Monday.
The group had climbed the mountain on Friday, but when bad weather closed in, they were forced to spend the night in a snow cave.
They reached Dome Hut on Saturday, but when continuing bad weather prevented them from descending the mountain, they activated their emergency locator beacon.
A planned helicopter rescue earlier on Monday had to be abandoned because of bad weather.
One of the rescued men is from Brisbane, while his brother and partner are from Wellington.
Search and Rescue Mission coordinator Kevin Banaghan said they were in good spirits, but hungry."They were very pleased not to be spending another night on the mountain," he said.
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