Nelson Police are appealing for information from the public following the rape of a young woman in Queen's Gardens in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Detective Sally McBride said the 18-year-old woman left the Little Rock Bar on Bridge St shortly after 1am, and walked towards the Suter Art Gallery.
The woman stopped to call a taxi, but was grabbed from behind before she was able to make the call and dragged into Queen's Gardens, where she was raped.
The attack did not last long as the offender appeared to have been frightened by the sound of people walking and laughing in the area.
The victim called a taxi when the offender ran off, and was taken home about 1.20am. The offender was described as a male Caucasian with pale skin, about 5 foot 5 inches, with very short cropped hair. He was skinny, about 20 to 25 years old, and wearing a light black T-shirt and black jeans. He may have had a lip piercing.
Tasman police spokeswoman Barbara Dunn said: "We're certainly taking it very seriously."
- The Marlborough Express