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Swampy Landing at Harihari - Roadside Stories

Swampy Landing at Harihari - Roadside Stories


State Highway 6, Harihari, Hokitika

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Harihari's encounter with aviator Guy Menzies. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

Australian aviator Guy Menzies surprised Harihari locals when he completed the first solo trans-Tasman flight in 1931 by landing – unintentionally – in a flax swamp. Today Menzies’ watery arrival spot is marked by a plaque.

Ross to Ōkarito,

Guy Menzies’ landing,

Crossing the Tasman,

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 32347).

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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