Australian tourists rescued from shores of Lake Tarawera after getting stuck on one-way walking track as wild weather hit

Lake Tarawera.
Lake Tarawera. Photo credit: Google Maps

Two Australian tourists were rescued from the shores of Lake Tarawera on Wednesday night after getting stuck on a one-way walking track as wild weather hit. 

Police Search and Rescue, LandSAR and the Coastguard were called around 5pm when the two tourists, one of whom was in his 70s, realised they were in trouble. 

Senior Constable John Fredericksen said the pair initially called their family because they were having trouble on the trail - prompting their concerned family to notify authorities. 

Senior Constable Fredericksen said while they knew how long the track was, they didn't realise it was one way and ended in an area that needed a boat to get back to the start. He added the pair were aware of the poor weather but didn't have adequate clothing.

They were rescued after the younger man climbed a hill to get reception while the older man sheltered in a tent left behind by a family. 

Senior Constable Fredericksen said they were found safe and well and went home to their family after being checked by St John staff. 

"A little wet but very happy for the assistance. It's a timely reminder for anyone planning a day walk or overnight hike to look at the Land Safety Code and follow the five simple rules to help stay safe," he said. 

The five simple rules are: 

  • Choose the right trip for you – learn about the route and make sure you have the skills for it.
  • Understand the weather – it can change fast. Check the forecast and change your plans if needed.
  • Pack warm clothes and extra food – prepare for bad weather and an unexpected night out.
  • Share your plans and take ways to get help – telling a trusted person your trip details and taking a distress beacon can save your life.
  • Take care of yourself and each other – eat, drink and rest, stick with your group and make.