Fears grow for 'beautiful' and 'kind-hearted' British backpacker who failed to turn up to work in New Zealand after going on a hike

Missing: Stephanie Simpson, 32

Missing: Stephanie Simpson, 32

A desperate search is under way for a British backpacker missing in New Zealand.

Stephanie Simpson, 32, told friends she was going hiking over the weekend at Mount Aspiring National Park on the South Island.

The alarm was raised when she failed to turn up at her landscaping job on Monday. 

A police search including a helicopter found no sign of her.

Heavy rains have caused flooding around the national park where two hikers were found dead in a swollen river on Friday. 

It is believed Miss Simpson, who moved to Wanaka last year after traveling Australia, went hiking alone.

Stephanie Simpson, 32, told friends she was going hiking over the weekend at Mount Aspiring National Park (pictured) on the South Island

Stephanie Simpson, 32, told friends she was going hiking over the weekend at Mount Aspiring National Park (pictured) on the South Island

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British backpacker Stephanie Simpson goes missing while hiking in New Zealand

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