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we parked quite close to this statue after visiting tane mahuta,has a detailed plaque on it of why... read more

Reviewed 24 July 2018
Interesting story about a friendly dolphin

The original statue is gone but the replacement (just off the road...literally) is a good reminder... read more

Reviewed 9 April 2018
Winnipeg, Canada
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Suggested duration: < 1 hour
19 State Highway 12, Opononi 0452, New Zealand
+64 9-475 6537
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Reviewed 24 July 2018

we parked quite close to this statue after visiting tane mahuta,has a detailed plaque on it of why its there gives a little history about the people and the place in centre of opononi.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank ShaneP1291
Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

Interesting little story about a dolphin and the community. Would not stop if we had not visited the restaurant for dinner. Takes 5 minutes

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank 500lancel
Reviewed 9 April 2018

The original statue is gone but the replacement (just off the road...literally) is a good reminder of our relationship with nature.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Centre_of_Canada
Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

A lovely statue to commemorate an amazing dolphin. A lovely story with a sad ending ending. The Statue is situated looking out over the harbour, the place where he made so many friends.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank FionaC2823
Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

We found Opo - or perhaps her monument, at least - outside the Boar and Marlin, and took the time to read her plaque. She must have been a wonderful friend to the local kids. Well done, the Opo Memorial Committee.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank paulhW9372EO
Reviewed 11 December 2017

This is a gorgeous inlet and trails to walk. Great local, touching story told through this piece of art!

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Terri J
Reviewed 9 October 2017

Everyone needs a pic with pop the dolphin. This is a newer version as the old one was vanderlised. Located outside the local pub which is on the main highway so worth a stop

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank J9421NBannab
Reviewed 10 August 2017

We accidentally saw this statue after stopping to take in the amazing view across the road along the pier. After reading the story of Opo the special friendly dolphin we're glad we stumbled upon it.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank SSMaynard
Reviewed 6 June 2017

Story of the dolphin Opo was unknown to me and quite interesting. Obviously well loved by the locals to be buried in the township

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank 52Mustang51
Reviewed 25 April 2017

We parked right next to it and did not realize what it was. Nice story, but not worth a special visit.

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank Mark S
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