Missing trampers Dion Reynolds, Jessica O'Connor welcomed with hugs from family at hospital

Missing trampers Dion Reynolds and Jessica O'Connor received a relieved and warm welcome as they arrived at Nelson Hospital after being rescued from Kahurangi National Park.

The pair were missing for 18 days but were found alive on Wednesday afternoon after an extensive search.

As they stepped out of the ambulance at hospital, a video shows them rushing to hug and greet family members who were waiting at the entrance. They all then walk inside together.

Dion Reynolds after he was rescued.
Dion Reynolds after he was rescued. Photo credit: Stuff Limited

St John says Reynolds and O'Connor, both aged 23, only have minor injuries after their ordeal.

They entered Kahurangi National Park on May 9, but failed to return when expected and they hadn't been heard from since they left.

Despite a search that involved a Royal New Zealand Airforce Helicopter, search dogs, drones and land teams, rescuers didn't uncover any solid sign of them. All that was found at the time were footprints and an abandoned campsite near the Webb River on Thursday, but it wasn't confirmed this belonged to the trampers.