A young German couple have been left scrambling for emergency passports needed for a trip home next week after thieves broke into their campervan within five minutes of them leaving it.

The couple have lost thousands of dollars worth of electrical items and their passports, which they needed for their return home next week.

The tourists parked outside the Warehouse in Paraparaumu today at 11.05am and went inside.

They had been in the store for no more than five minutes, and upon returning to the black bongo campervan discovered the break-in.


"The couple have been very shaken by this incident and have also been hit with the extra stress of obtaining emergency passports as they are due to leave the country next week," a police spokesman said.

"The pair are desperate to get their property back, especially their camera which contains all the memories of their holiday in New Zealand."

CCTV footage has been obtained and at the time of the incident a red ute was captured pulling up next to the camper an for around 30 seconds, then leaving.

"Unfortunately the footage is of average quality, however appears to be a twin cab Isuzu with a white bull mastiff on the tray of the ute," the spokesman said.

"The kind staff at the Warehouse, Paraparaumu donated a cell phone to the victims and their staff have pitched in for a $20 credit on the phone."

If anyone has any information, or were at the Warehouse Paraparaumu at this time and observed any suspicious behaviour, please contact Constable Kieran Rawlinson of the Kapiti Police on KRDB21@police.govt.nz

Alternatively, Information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0508 555 111.