"A Belgian tourist who sparked an estimated $15,000 rescue operation after failing to sign out upon her return from Aoraki/Mt Cook will not have to pay up.
Rescuers began searching for the 28-year-old on Thursday afternoon after she did not check in at the Department of Conservation office on Wednesday..."
Yes, a very expensive mistake, but not for her.
For muggins taxpayer.
I believe- you go into the mountains without insurance for this sort of thing- you take your own chances.
I'm funding too many morons and their dumbass decisions in NZ , as it is!