Two brazen thieves have not only ruined a Brazilian's well-earned holiday but left him without his pride and joy - a $10,000 silver and black 2010 Suzuki Hayabusa 1300cc motorcycle.

Rodrigo Resende left for Napier from his home in Temuka in the South Island on Tuesday, with a group of 14 people.

The group are all dairy farm workers who a taking a break before the winter calving season.

They left on Tuesday, travelling through Wellington before stopping in Napier on Thursday night and are now making their way to Taupo, before heading back to the South Island on Monday.


Mr Resende's bike, which was not insured, was stolen from outside a motel unit in Marine Parade during the early hours of yesterday.

Upon arriving in Napier at midnight, the group took their gear into the motel, but what Mr Resende failed to do was take his keys out of the ignition.

"We could see on the cameras that they just took the bike out and pushed it out and then started it away from the motel so no one heard it."

Mr Resende has been in New Zealand for the past 12 years and is a dairy farmer in Temuka.

He is now riding a bike borrowed from someone else in his group.

"If they could give the bike back it would be much appreciated. I don't have insurance and I won't have money to buy another bike," Mr Resende said.

"I'm shocked. I thought my trip was over and I would have to take a plane and go back home. As a group everyone is upset but we are trying to move forward."

Hawke's Bay Police are appealing for sightings of the motorbike, with the registration number B3EEK.

Senior Constable Sue Guy from Hawke's Bay Police Intel Section, said these types of bikes are not very common in New Zealand with probably only 15 – 20 in New Zealand in that colour.

"They are very distinctive in that they have Japanese writing on the front fairings. His bike also has or had pack racks which is uncommon for a bike to this type."

"This guy works on a dairy farm. He works in the mud, the rain and the hail, gets a chance to go on holiday before the calving season starts and it is something he saved for and his pride and joy has just been taken like that. He is gutted. He is absolutely gutted."

If people do happen to see the bike, or have information which might help police get it back to its rightful owner, please call 06 831 0700.

Information can also be provided via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.