Opononi, home of Opo - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Opononi

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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.

Related web links:
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 http://www.mch.govt.nz/roadside/