Police, Defence and LandSAR staff will continue the search today for two men lost in rugged bush in Tongariro National Park.
Search teams continue to find items which they believe belong to the two men.
“This has provided further confirmation we are focusing our search efforts on the correct area,” says Senior Sergeant Tony Jeurissen.
The two men, aged in their 20s, are believed to be the same individuals who fled police in a stolen car on Saturday, August 12.
Police attempted to stop the stolen car at about 3pm on Saturday, before the driver fled at speed north on the Desert Road.
The car was eventually abandoned on a track off Tree Trunk Gorge Road, off the Desert Road.
The driver and passenger ran off into the bush, and have not been seen since.
Police met with whanau of the two men last night to provide them with an update on the search.
Members of Tuwharetoa were also in attendance, and police would like to acknowledge the ongoing assistance and support being provided by the iwi.