German hiker dies in canyon fall in New Zealand

11th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

11 April 2005, WELLINGTON - A German hiker died when he apparently took a wrong turn and fell into a canyon while on an alpine walk in Arthur's Pass National Park in New Zealand's South Island, police said on Monday.

11 April 2005

WELLINGTON - A German hiker died when he apparently took a wrong turn and fell into a canyon while on an alpine walk in Arthur's Pass National Park in New Zealand's South Island, police said on Monday.

They named him as Dieter Knoblich, 39, from Munich, whose body was found by a search party on Saturday afternoon, the day after he went for a walk near Arthur's Pass village about 150 kilometres northwest of Christchurch.

Police said a search was launched after a fellow tourist staying at the same youth hostel in the village reported he had not returned from what was supposed to be a one-day walk.

His body was found at the bottom of a gorge near the Bridal Veil Falls. A post mortem will be held to determine the actual cause of death.

Knoblich was reported to be have been travelling alone in New Zealand since early March.

The Press newspaper, Christchurch, said Arthur's Pass National Park, which is totally alpine and contains several glaciers and icefalls, had claimed the lives of dozens of visitors in recent years.

DPA

Subject: German news

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