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Family missing in Wellington regional park overnight found

A father and his two young daughters, who had been missing in bush near Wellington since yesterday, have been found safe and well.

The Lees Grove entrance to East Harbour Regional Park Photo: RNZ / Charlotte Cook

They set out for a tramp from Lees Grove in Wainuiomata over the hills to Days Bay at midday yesterday and were due to return home at 3.30pm.

Police were contacted by a concerned family member at 6pm.

Eight teams of three people searched the East Harbour Regional Park overnight for the 50-year-old man and his daughters, aged 11 and 14.

Police said the family had been found uninjured and were now out of the park.

They say the trio were located at the Kowhai track at the southern end of the East Harbour Regional Park around 10.25am.

MetService said the temperature overnight was between 8C and 11C in the area where the family went missing.

The family will be checked over by medical professionals.

Police dog and searchers looking for the family in the regional park. Photo: RNZ / Hamish Cardwell

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