A 70-year-old man and his dog Jess have been winched to safety by helicopter, after the man activated his personal locator beacon in the Tararuas.
The pair were found on Tuesday night off the Waiotauru River Track.
The tramper was assessed by a paramedic before being winched on board.
Then a speciality harness was used to lift Jess, a heading dog, to safety.
The patient was transported to Wellington Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
Jess was flown to Life Flight's Rescue base at Wellington airport, where she enjoyed sausages and a bowl of water before being reunited with her family.