German Tourists Have Nightmare Injuries: Couple Savagely Beaten and Robbed in Whakatane, German Tourists Robbed in Invercargill – ongoing updates

the site of the attack in Whakatane Two reminders this festive season that poverty in New Zealand continues to make it a very unsafe tourism destination. A young German couple, sleeping in their tent in the small town of Whakatane (renowned for its gang activity) were beaten severely and robbed in the early hours of Boxing Day.…

Elderly Australian Tourist Stabbed in Head at Waihi Beach, Murder Investigation Launched – Updated

We are appalled to learn of the stabbing of an elderly Australian campervan tourist at Waihi beach in the early hours of 1 January 2013. Robert Murray Wilkinson was aged 64 and had been living in the  Queensland suburb of Indooroopilly, Australia, for about 10 years. Sadly he succumbed to his injuries and police have launched a murder investigation (Operation Brad)…

Haka Thugs Attack French Tourists Near Raglan

We’re saddened to hear of yet another tourist assault in New Zealand and the detrimental effects attacks like this have on its tourism industry. Two French tourists, asleep in their campervan on Ohautira Rd, about 13km from Raglan were awoken by a man doing a haka outside their vehicle. A police report on Scoop.co.nz said…

Swiss Campers’ Tyres Slashed In Kaikoura- updated

Update 3 March 2012:  For background to the issue of freedom camping in Hapuku read Hapuku Local Damaged Road To Deter Freedom Campers Know any more about this story and the people involved? we’d like to hear from you please leave a message. We’re saddened to hear of  another malicious act against camping tourists in New…

Open Season On Freedom Campers Well Underway In New Zealand

  Well it’s been a glorious start to New Zealand’s first open season for hunters of Freedom Campers. Last February the president of the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association, Dick Waters  issued a second call for freedom campers to be “shot” if they use vans that don’t have their own toilet facilities. Mr Waters, was…