28 Aug 2016

Hut survivor to give to DOC, Search and Rescue

9:12 pm on 28 August 2016

The woman who spent a month in a Routeburn Track hut after her partner fell to his death plans to donate money to those who rescued her.

A photo of Pavlina Pizova with her partner Ondrej Petr, who died while tramping in Otago.

A photo of Pavlina Pizova with her partner Ondrej Petr, who died while tramping in Otago. Photo: NZ Police

Czech tramper Pavlina Pizova was rescued last week almost a month after her companion, Ondrej Petr, died on the Routeburn track in heavy snow.

She said she had been injured as well and spent two nights in the open with Mr Petr even after he died.

After that she made her way to the Lake Mackenzie hut, where she stayed for several weeks before she was rescued.

Honorary Czech consul Vlad'ka Kennett has been taking care of Ms Pizova since she was rescued.

The exterior of the warden's hut which the Czech woman stayed.

The exterior of the warden's hut which the Czech woman stayed. Photo: NZ Police

She said the tramper was preparing to fly home at the end of next week.

Ms Kennett said Ms Pizova had been resting and enjoyed a church service in Glenorchy today.

She said Ms Pizova was planning to donate to the Department of Conservation and Land Search and Rescue.

DOC Routeburn map

Photo: Dept of Conservation

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