An injured man, his daughter and two of her friends look set to spend a third night in a hut in the Tararua Ranges after an aerial rescue attempt was thwarted by bad weather.
Police were first informed of an injury to the man's knee on Saturday, along with an injury to his daughter's foot.
They were in a tramping party with two of the daughter's friends.
Police were notified on Saturday, but a helicopter rescue was cut short because of bad weather.
It was forced to retreat after dropping a search official on the mountain who was able to tramp to their hut carrying extra food.
Police say the weather looks set to improve and a helicopter will try again on Tuesday to fly into the area.