Missing hunter found on Stewart Island

The 74-year-old man didn't return to his group on Saturday night.
The 74-year-old man didn't return to his group on Saturday night. Photo credit: Jared Mason

A 74-year-old hunter has been found on Stewart Island after he failed to return on Saturday night.

A search and rescue operation was launched after he went for a hunt at around 6pm but didn't come back. The rest of the group he was hunting with raised the alarm at 9am on Friday with their personal location beacon.

Some volunteers were dropped into the area by helicopter on Sunday, while others arrived in the area by boat.

The search covered Port Adventure, which is around 20km southeast of Halfmoon Bay.

The man has since been found and is alive and well, police said in a statement on Sunday night.

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