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Waikato River

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Business Type: Longest River

Overview

The Waikato River is the longest river in New Zealand, it runs for 425 kilometres from the eastern slopes of Mount Ruapehu, joining the Tongariro River system and emptying into Tasman Sea, south of Auckland at Port Waikato.

Address: Port Waikato, New Zealand Hamilton & Waikato

Description

The Waikato River is the longest river in New Zealand, it runs for 425 kilometres from the eastern slopes of Mount Ruapehu, joining the Tongariro River system and emptying into Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake.

It drains Taupo at the lake's northeastern edge, creates the Huka Falls, and then flows northwest, through the Waikato Plains.

It empties into the Tasman Sea south of Auckland, at Port Waikato.

It gives its name to the Waikato region that surrounds the Waikato Plains.

The river's main tributary is the Waipa River, which has its confluence with the Waikato at Ngaruawahia.

The name Waikato comes from the M?ori language and translates as flowing water.

The Waikato River has spiritual meaning for various local M?ori tribes, including the large Tainui, who regard it as a source of their mana, or pride.

The widely-respected marae, of Turangawaewae, is close to its banks at Ngaruawahia.

For many years Tainui tribe have sought to re-establish their links to the river after the New Zealand land wars (see Invasion of Waikato) and the subsequent confiscations of the 1860s, and are continuing negotiations with the current New Zealand government.

The Tainui Iwi was advised not to bring a case for the river before the Treaty Tribunal as they would not win.

An out of court settlement was arranged and the deed of settlement signed by the Crown and Waikato-Tainui in August 2008 settled the Raupatu claim to the Waikato River, although other claims for land blocks and harbours are still outstanding. Waikato-Tainui now have joint management of the river with Environment Waikato.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waikato_river

Locations

In the North Island, it runs for 425 kilometres from the eastern slopes of Mount Ruapehu, joining the Tongariro River system and emptying into Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake. It drains Taupo at the lake's northeastern edge, creates the Huka Falls, and then flows northwest, through the Waikato Plains. It empties into the Tasman Sea south of Auckland, at Port Waikato. It gives its name to the Waikato region that surrounds the Waikato Plains.

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