Attack on Ōpepe - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Ōpepe

Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to Ōpepe in the Video tab.

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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