Two men have been arrested after a south Otago woman was assaulted during a home invasion at Kaka Point on Sunday night.

The 65-year-old victim suffered facial injuries when the masked men entered her home about 6pm and assaulted her before running from the scene.

Police today said a 19-year-old Kaka Point man and a 33-year-old man from Inch Clutha had been arrested and were to appear in Dunedin District Court today.

Detective Sergeant Kate Bartlett of Balclutha police said the woman remained in a stable condition in Dunedin Hospital.


She said police appreciated information already received from members of the public, but were still keen to hear from anyone who might have information about the circumstances surrounding the home invasion.

Ms Bartlett earlier said two members of the public were also assaulted by the pair as they left the property.

Nothing was taken during the incident and the motive of the two men involved was unknown.

Police were not in a position to confirm whether a weapon was used, but yesterday distanced themselves from initial police reports suggesting a wooden plank may have been used.

Several marked police cars, two unmarked cars and a police van were outside the address yesterday, while officers conducted a scene examination.

Residents said the incident had shattered the normally tranquil coastal town, with people choosing to lock doors and sleep with phones beside their bed.

"Everyone is talking about it. But it has given me the willies,'' a resident said yesterday.