Two men who survived an avalanche on Mt Taranaki remain in a stable condition at Taranaki Base Hospital.
Both men, aged 37 and 40, suffered mild hyperthermia and fractures in the avalanche, which struck near Humphries Castle.
The pair were on the DOC track which loops around the mountain.
Two members of the Alpine Rescue Team winched the men to safety.
Ambulance officers say the pair were miraculously only three metres apart when the avalanche stopped.
One man had to dig the other out when he spotted his hand sticking out of the snow.
A statement from the Taranaki DHB yesterday said the men were very grateful to their rescuers and ambulance staff.
"The men were both very well prepared and put their survival down to being prepared for the worst," the statement said.