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Attack on Ōpepe - Roadside Stories

Attack on Ōpepe - Roadside Stories


State Highway 5, Maunganamu, Taupo

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to the Ōpepe war graves memorial site. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

A military blunder by colonial forces at Ōpepe in 1869 led to a surprise attack by Māori prophet and rebel Te Kooti and his men. Most of the soldiers were killed before they could arm themselves, but several escaped -- including one who fled completely naked.

Armed constabulary, Ōpepe,

Prophets and colonists -- New Zealand wars,

Ngā poropiti -- Māori prophetic movements,

Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turuki,

New Zealand Medal awarded to George Crosswell,

Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives, Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number sa-tx-3346-su01-pm).

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way -- its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

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