Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of a prolific fraudster, who uses deception to steal from backpackers.
Tony Ashley Gorrie, 44, was suspected to have committed fraud nationwide, but has been identified as the suspect for recent offending in the Taupo and Rotorua areas.
Bay of Plenty police communications spokeswoman Kim Perks said Gorrie was suspected of using different deception techniques to steal from both backpacker accommodation providers and their guests.
He was described as a European man, 185 centimetres tall and of medium build.
He was known to change locations regularly, travelling large distances to his next destination, meaning he could be anywhere in the country.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact their local police station. Information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.