A group of Tauranga Intermediate students missing in the lower Kaimais have been found safe and well.
The group of 10 girls were on a school camp at Ngamuwahine Lodge when they failed to return from an orienteering exercise on Tuesday afternoon.
Two helicopters, Search & Rescue teams and police searched the bush looking for the party of children aged 11 and 12-years-old in the lower Kaimais.
Students on camp at Ngamuwahine Lodge leave Ngamuwahine Lodge by bus. See video below.
The children were located by ground Search and Rescue crew at about 8pm.
Police say the children were walked out of the bush by search team members and arrived back at the lodge at about 10.40pm.
The Year 7 children from Tauranga Intermediate arrived at the lodge on Monday as part of an annual school camp.
The children are believed to be from three classes from Matai House at the intermediate.
Children at the lodge say they searched for the missing party on Tuesday afternoon after they failed to return.
Police were informed later in the afternoon, and a Search and Rescue operation got underway in the evening.
The TrustPower TECT Rescue Helicopter and the Auckland based Eagle helicopter were called in to aid in the search.