A 19-year-old man has been arrested and is in custody after two tourists were stabbed in separate incidents in Taupo.
In the first incident, around 6pm on Thursday, a three backpackers were confronted by a man who threatened them with a knife and without warning stabbed one of them.
Shortly after, the man approached a staff member at the rear of the Cosmopolitan Club and threatened him with a knife before fleeing.
He then threatened four backpackers, demanded property and stabbed a man from the group and again fled empty-handed.
Taupo police area commander Inspector Steve Bullock praised officers who he said quickly tracked down and arrested the alleged offender, preventing any risk to others.
The two male victims have been taken to Rotorua Hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.