A woman missing in the Kaimai Range near Tauranga has been found safe and well after spending a night in the open.
Sheree Tuahuru, 35, of Katikati, was found near Waitawheta Hut, police said on Tuesday.
She had gone for a day walk on Monday but was reported missing after midnight.
Sergeant Craig Madden says the successful outcome was because Ms Tuahuru had left her trip intentions with family.
However, the search also sparked a warning that anyone going into the bush should not exceed their own capabilities and not "rely on maps printed off the internet or a cell phone as a means of navigation", Sgt Madden said.