Two women killed in a car crash near Christchurch were a mother and daughter reported missing last week, police have confirmed.

Marilyn Zidich, 62, and her 35-year-old daughter Selina Madden went missing from their home in the Christchurch suburb of Belfast after going for a drive on Thursday.

Following an extensive search their bodies were found inside a car in dense scrub, about 70 metres below Dyers Pass Road in the Port Hills.

Police confirmed the identities of the women on Tuesday afternoon.

The grieving family of the women thanked police, media and members of the public for their assistance in the search.

The deaths have been referred to the coroner.

The crashed vehicle was found off the same road where 29-year-old Christchurch woman Emma Campbell died in 2010.

Her car was found down a bank off Dyers Pass Road in May 2010. But her body was not recovered until March this year when a pig hunter found it in a steep, scrub-covered ravine, about 100 metres from where her car was found.

NZ Newswire

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