Rotorua hot pool attack: Police investigate ‘shocking’ attack on tourist


Harmless tourist is still left unconscious in the drinking water at a warm thermal pool with a facial fracture after team of of drunk thugs punched him for up to 20 minutes for no reason

  • The guy was with his mates at Wai-o-Tapu thermal swimming pools on Saturday night
  • He reported there was a group of about seven or eight men and women near the pool
  • The male explained he and his buddies were attacked by the guys about midnight 

A tourist was left unconscious in the h2o at a Rotorua scorching thermal pool immediately after being savagely attacked by a team of thugs.

The person from Wellington was with his friends at Wai-o-Tapu thermal pools on Saturday right after biking earlier that day.  

The victim, who selected not to be named, said there was a team of about seven or 8 men and gals nearby the pool.

‘We considered they were a household so we didn’t consider there would be any issue … They were being chatting and we ended up also chatting,’ he advised the NZ Herald.  

The man from Wellington, who chose to remain unnamed, was with his friends at the hot pools on Saturday after biking earlier that day

The guy from Wellington, who selected to keep on being unnamed, was with his friends at the sizzling swimming pools on Saturday following biking previously that working day

He reported about 20 afterwards 3 males from the group came to him and his friends.  

‘They have been keeping alcoholic beverages bottles. They begun to swear at us… I won’t be able to listen to them plainly. They just said ‘talk to me’. I stated we can go away if they really don’t want us there, but they failed to permit us to go,’ he reported.

He said some of the gentlemen chased 4 of his close friends to the shore, though he and one more companion were not able to leave the pool.

The man said the punches lasted for involving 15 and 20 minutes, knocking him unconscious in the water.   

He stated that even after the pair managed to pull them selves out of the pool, a single of the attackers acquired out of the automobile and punched them once again.  

A few of the man’s friends ran and hid in the woods although a further close friend was pulled out of the van he tried to generate absent in. 

The man’s friend said he ran barefoot on to the freeway right before a vehicle inevitably pulled in excess of and served him.

He endured a minimal facial fracture and finished up in clinic.

Subsequent the brazen attack, the assailants took all their belongings, which includes a mountain bicycle, surfboards and $7000 value of setting up applications.    

‘It hardly ever took place before. I have been driving mountain bicycle in Rotorua for much more than 10 decades, I’ve also been to this incredibly hot pool for much more than 10 yrs. Nothing has transpired like that … our Xmas holiday getaway was ruined,’ he reported.

Law enforcement verified they have been named to the swimming pools carpark at about 11.50pm on Saturday to studies of a group of adult males assaulting site visitors. 

Detective Sergeant Anthony Colby explained an investigation into the incident was continuing.     



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