Aerial footage: First moment missing tramper is found by rescuers

A missing tramper was given a handshake and a pat on the back as he was found by search and rescue workers in the West Coast bush.

The 28-year-old man from the United Kingdom had been missing in Paparoa National Park since Saturday night and was found last evening.

He had not returned from a day walk up Mount Bovis after setting off from Punakaiki on Saturday morning and was not equipped to be out overnight.

Two helicopters with heat-seeking devices and 15 ground searchers were involved in the search for him.

"We had to return to base to refuel and ended up doing a night winch extraction from the creek with the aid of Night Vision goggles", West Coast Rescue Helicopter chief crewman Stu Drake told ONE News.

He was then taken to Grey Base Hospital where he was assessed for mild hypothermia.

The man's family are currently travelling to New Zealand to be with him and are expected to arrive on the West Coast today.