Story: Volcanic Plateau places

Roadside Stories: Attack on Ōpepe

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.

Listen to a Roadside Story about Ōpepe. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.

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How to cite this page:

Malcolm McKinnon, 'Volcanic Plateau places - Kāingaroa to Kaimanawa', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/35287/roadside-stories-attack-on-opepe (accessed 27 October 2021)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 25 May 2015