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Opononi, Home of Opo - Roadside Stories

Opononi, Home of Opo - Roadside Stories


Opononi, Hokianga

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Opononi. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

In 1955–56 a friendly dolphin known as Opo became a celebrity, drawing thousands of visitors to the sleepy town of Opononi on the Hokianga Harbour. Enjoying human company, Opo performed tricks and let children ride on her back.

Hokianga district,

Humans and dolphins,

The story of Opo,

Russell Clark, January 1960,

Archival audio: Archives New Zealand – Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga, Pictorial Parade 47. National Film Unit, 1956.

Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides that follow major road trips in New Zealand. The stories cover the places you’ll pass along the way – their people, their history, their cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

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