24 Sep 2013

Searchers look for missing man near National Park

11:17 pm on 24 September 2013

A search is underway for a backpacker, missing near the township of National Park in the Ruapehu area.

Police say the 28-year-old man, who is a Chinese national, was staying locally, went for a walk on local tracks on Sunday.

The owners of the accommodation where he was staying reported him missing about midday on Tuesday.

Police say the man was unprepared for the conditions and there are concerns for his wellbeing, especially with bad weather setting in.