Search for missing men
On Sunday morning one of the men called 111 for help.
The focus then changed to a search and rescue operation to help the men.
The caller only had two percent phone battery left when he rang, so police only had minimal details on their location.
Nat Every, pilot and base manager for Greenlea Rescue Helicopter, said it would be very unpleasant in there.
‘‘[It’s] cold, wet and they were not prepared to be outdoors in that environment,’’ he said.
‘‘There is a very dedicated crew working extremely hard to locate and assist them, and we are on standby to assist if the weather allows.’’
Police from the Bay of Plenty district and a helicopter searched the area until 11pm on Sunday night but could not locate the men.
They were seriously concerned for their welfare considering their lack of experience in the bush and inappropriate clothing they have on them.
Conditions had been very cold and wet, Taylor said. It is likely both of them will be suffering from hypothermia, he said.
People are asked to contact police if they have seen two men in the area.
‘‘[It's] cold, wet and they were not prepared to be outdoors in that environment.’’ Nat Every
A search is underway for two men missing in Tongariro National Park.