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DOC is supporting the young woman whose companion has died on the Routeburn Track and is working with the police to establish exactly what has happened.

Date:  25 August 2016

"This is a tragic incident and our condolences and sympathies are with the families of this couple," DOC Wakatipu operations manager Geoff Owen said.

Until the police have spoken to the young woman, DOC cannot comment further on the specifics, Mr Owen said.

The Routeburn Track is open during the winter but there are reduced facilities and avalanche risks exist.

"There are significant hazards walking our southern Great Walks during the off season because of the winter weather conditions, avalanche risk and reduced facilities."

Huts on the track are open but wardens' quarters are locked. Huts are not regularly checked during the off season.

DOC encourages people to inform others of their intentions before heading into the outdoors, particularly at this time of the year.


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