Rotorua police are asking for help to identify a man who is wanted in relation to a theft from a tourist, which has left the victim stranded.

Police say an Estonian tourist visiting Rotorua was the victim of a "significant theft".

A police spokesman said the tourist had been left stranded in Rotorua without his passport and travel bags.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sergeant Colin Peers on 021 190 6561, via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or to Rotorua Police Station on (07) 349 9400.