Heavy rain leaves group trapped for three nights in hut near Wellington

A group of young people have been rescued by police search and rescue after being caught out in bad weather which left them stranded in a hut near Wellington last week.

The group of five had gone out on a tramp through Remutaka Forest Park, where they had planned to stay the night at a Department of Conservation (DOC) hut on the Orongorongo River on September 2, police said.

They were left stranded in the hut, the Boar Inn, after heavy rain caused the river's water levels to rise.

The group were able to make contact with emergency services, where they said they were not in immediate danger but food supplies were running low.

Further rain was also expected for the rest of the week, making it unlikely for river levels to recede.

The party were rescued by a police search and rescue (SAR) team on a four-wheel drive on September 5 following a lull in the rain.

Wellington Community Policing and SAR Sergeant Hamish Knight said the group made some smart decisions despite running into trouble with the weather, saying, "Even though they entered into a valley that many know to pose problems during consistent rain, the group had planned their trip and had let someone know where they were going.

"Once they got into trouble they knew their limits and made the smart choice of seeking shelter in a hut.

"Anyone who sets out on a hiking trip should do the same, as well as making sure they have adequate provisions, and appropriate clothing and gear for the conditions."

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