Andréa McBride met Robin when she was 16, and they now run a wine business together.
Thousands in the Far North will remain cut off from the rest of the country until mid next week after a downpour washed away a chunk of State Highway 1.
Washed down a river, he clung to his pack and made it to a rocky island.
"They are lucky they didn't die," a Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter spokesman said.
People who attended Buller Festival in Murchison could've been exposed.
"He loved his family and friends."
Now he's off to the Kermadec Islands, north of New Zealand.
Schools and roads closed, mass transport cancellations, heavy rain and wind warnings in place.
It's taken a while, but finally there's a consensus on where she will make landfall.
MetService has issued a severe weather warning in many regions for Sunday.
The vandals have destroyed the bush - and DoC's unhappy.
A 4.5-magnitude earthquake near the Marlborough town of Seddon has been followed up by a later 3.6 rattle.
The 25-year-old went missing in the Marlborough Sounds on Tuesday.
The team who helped clear Teina Pora are taking a look at the case.
The aircraft spiralled 1500 feet before crashing south of Blenheim.
Drivers on the quake-damaged SH1 will encounter many sets of roadworks over the holidays.