Two male trampers have been found dead on a track in the Tararua Forest Park in Wairarapa.
The men were reported overdue around 7pm Sunday night by a family member.
The pair had headed out on an overnight tramp to Alpha Hut from the Waiohine Gorge campsite on Saturday morning, and were due back on Sunday evening.
One body was found about 10:25am on Monday by a member of the public, while the second body was found a short distance away around 1pm.
Both bodies were recovered from the bush this afternoon.
While weather conditions in the Tararuas were generally good over the weekend, temperatures did fall overnight and police are working to establish what exactly happened to the pair.
Police will be investigating what happened on behalf of the coroner.