A DEADLY avalanche on one of New Zealand's highest peaks sent two Australian adventurers and two local guides plunging 500m to their deaths yesterday.
Perth heart specialist Andrew Platts, 31, and Tasmanian trekker David Gardner, 40, died when a wall of snow and ice threw them down the face of Mt Tasman on NZ's south island.
Two other climbers, from NZ and America, were seriously hurt.
Survivor Mark Dosser, who suffered broken ribs, a broken sternum and a collapsed lung, said the avalanche took only seconds to envelop the party.
"There was no time to realise what was happening," the 35-year-old Wellington investment consultant said from his hospital bed.