Two Colombian tourists were robbed after their car was stopped just south of Turangi yesterday afternoon.
Detective Sergeant Andy Livingstone said the men had stopped at Atirau Road, near the Turangi Golf Course, because they wanted to book accommodation nearby
When the men left, a red motor vehicle blocked their exit and three men jumped out and threatened them.
"[They] managed to get in front of the tourists' vehicle and stop at a place where they could not bypass them. [They] threatened them, demanded money."
The offenders took cash from the tourists who were on a working holiday in New Zealand, as well as a mobile and luggage.
offenders are described as Māori, and two of them have facial blemishes.
He said that the tourists had spoken to the three men before the incident.
Mr. Livingstone said that the tourists were "pretty shocked and upset", and would be supported by the police as they c
He also said that this type of crime would have an effect on the community, which is highly dependent was from tourism.
"It is disappointing, Turangi is a very proud community, it is a hub for much tourism, people's livelihoods are intertwined with the tourism sector.
Anyone who has information is asked to contact the Taupo police on 07 377 9331.