19 Oct 2016

Australian tourist still missing near Queenstown

11:32 pm on 19 October 2016

A search and rescue operation in Queenstown for an Australian tourist who got lost on a day walk yesterday has been called off for the night.

Missing tourist Robert Galdamez

Robert Galdamez Photo: Supplied

Robert Galdamez was last seen on the Ben Lomond walking track at 3pm.

The 25-year-old sent a message to a friend on his tablet three hours later, saying he was lost.

He was wearing a green puffer jacket and black sports leggings at the time he went missing.

Search teams were deployed overnight and continued to look for Mr Galdamez today.

More than 20 police officers and volunteers scoured the area around Ben Lomond walking track, a night-vision-equipped rescue helicopter and search dogs were also used.

The search will begin again first thing tomorrow morning.

Police are also seeking information from a witness near the Ben Lomond summit between 5.30pm and 6 pm yesterday.

The witness is described as being in his mid-to late-40s, with a shaved or bald head and grey stubble, wearing a red or pink tee-shirt and khaki trousers.