A Dutch couple have fought their way out of an attack with a baseball bat in a car park in Northland.
The tourists were sleeping in their van in Matauri Bay when two men armed with a bat tried to rob them on Thursday night.
Police say the 67-year-old husband fought back, taking the bat from his attackers and hitting them with it.
The blow is believed to have left one of the men with a significant bruise or cut on his head.
Police are looking for the two attackers.