WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- One Australian and two German climbers are missing on New Zealand's tallest mountain after failing to return from a summit attempt.
A brief aerial search Wednesday was called off due to bad weather and is unlikely to resume before Thursday.
Police say the men were last seen at 4 a.m. Monday by a returning guide as they attempted to reach the top of Mount Cook, which is also known by its indigenous Maori name, Aoraki.
Senior Constable Brent Swanson says he believes 58-year-old German Johann Viellehner and his 27-year-old son Raphael Viellehner had teamed up for the climb with Michael Bishop, a 53-year-old Sydney doctor.
Swanson says the men, who were experienced and fit, were due back at a hut Monday night.
The mountain is 3,724 meters (12,218 feet) tall.