‘Everybody’s just hoping’: family of UK hiker missing in New Zealand wait for news

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The family of a British hiker missing in New Zealand’s Mount Aspiring national park say they are “hoping upon hope” that she will be found more than five days after she went missing in rugged bushland.

Stephanie Simpson, 32, has not been seen since she went for a hike at the weekend in the national park, home to one of New Zealand’s highest peaks.

Search under way for British hiker missing in New Zealand

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Search operations were underway on Wednesday for a British backpacker who went missing in the South Island of New Zealand after an intense flood in the area.

Stephanie Simpson, 32, has not been seen since she went for a hike last weekend at the Mount Aspiring national park, home to one of New Zealand’s highest peaks.