New Zealand police say they have found one body in a field of avalanche debris during their search for two missing Canadian hikers.

Police spokesman Nicholas Barkley said Monday that teams have removed the body but have yet to make a formal identification. He said police have been talking with the families of the two missing men, Louis-Vincent Lessard and Etienne Lemieux.

Police say the Montreal students, both aged 23, were reported missing by their families July 25.

According to police, the men traveled on July 7 to the South Island town of Te Anau intending to hike the Kepler Track, a route which typically takes three or four days.

New Zealand officials caution hikers to take extra care on the track from May to October, due to wintery conditions.