The family of 17-year-old Brazilian exchange student Felipe Melo, whose body was recovered from the sea off New Plymouth at the weekend, hope to hold a funeral service in New Zealand.
Felipe was one of three people swept from Paritutu Rock during a school climbing expedition nearly two weeks ago.
The bodies of fellow student Stephen Kahukaka-Geyde, also 17, and instructor Bryce Jourdain, 42, are still missing.
Felipe's uncles Claudio Melo and Jose Martins told the Taranaki Daily News, through an interpreter, that his parents were in shock after receiving the news that their son's body was found.
"They were waiting for a miracle," they said.
Mr Melo and Mr Martins return to home Brazil on Tuesday and they said Felipe's mother and father may yet make the trip to New Plymouth.
A decision is still to be made about when Felipe's body will go home, but the family hope a service can be arranged in New Plymouth.
A body was recovered from the water near Paritutu Rock on Sunday, and on Monday Inspector Frank Grant said the coroner was satisfied it was Felipe.
Felipe arrived in New Zealand in January and was attending Spotswood College.
Police are continuing their search for the missing climbers and would continue on Tuesday, Insp Grant said.
"We are determined to return the bodies of Bryce and Stephen home to their families."