Two women, including one Briton, spent two nights trapped in their car after it plunged off a cliff in New Zealand.

British tourist Glenys Hounsome, 71, and her daughter Marion Hounsome, 40, from the southern city of Christchurch, were taken to hospital after firefighters cut down trees to clear a path to their car about 330ft down the bank, said ambulance spokes-woman Amy McDermott.

The rescue effort was launched after tourists spotted their vehicle while stopping to take photographs.

A police spokeswoman said the pair spent two nights in their car before being found by chance yesterday morning.

They had suffered 'moderate injuries' and were both cold from their ordeal.