According to The Rotorua Daily Post, a Swiss tourist, 20, in the company of his South Korean girlfriend, 26, needed stitches to his head after an unprovoked attack by a group of ruffians while they were relaxing in the hot pools near Rotorua, on the North Island on Wednesday (July 3).
The incident occurred at roughly 0300 hours.
Three or four men and two women got out of their vehicle and some got into the hot pools, which made the couple feel uncomfortable. When they attempted to leave, the Swiss tourist was hit over the head and assaulted.
The assailants then stole possessions from the couple's camper-van as they left and tossed the camper-van keys into the hot pools. The two foreigners were able to retrieve the keys from the pool and drive to the Rotorua Hospital, where they contacted contacted local police. The woman wasn't injured, but the man needed several stitches for a cut to his head.
COMMENT: As I have said in previous postings, it is generally dangerous for tourists in small numbers to visit isolated areas particularly during 2200-0700 hours, as it is during those hours that "night people," often influenced by drugs, alcohol and criminal intent, prey upon unsuspecting foreign tourists.
Although New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries on the planet, and as I have said on numerous occasions in the past, it is NOT a low-risk destination, as many foreign visitors leave the country as crime victims.
Thus, it is essential that all visitors keep in mind that economic crime is a frequent occurrence, which is why all visitors must exercise a focused consciousness where personal security awareness is concerned.
Anyone with information about the attack or knows the whereabouts of the missing property should contact the Rotorua police on (07) 348 0099. Alternatively information can be provided anonymously via Crime-stoppers on 0800 555 111.
The second great lake of Kahumatamomoe is a city on the southern shores of the lake of the same name, in the Bay of Plenty area of the North Island of New Zealand. The city is the seat of the Rotorua District, a territorial authority encompassing the city and several other nearby towns.