Copland River

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Cox River
Copland Track, New Zealand (45).JPG
Origin Southern Alps
Mouth Karangarua River
Basin countries New Zealand
Length 20 km (12 mi)
Source elevation 1,180 m (3,870 ft)
Mouth elevation 52 m (171 ft)

The Copland River is a river on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. It flows for 20 kilometres from its headwaters in the Southern Alps to its confluence with the Karangarua River.[1]

The headwaters of the Copland lie only eight kilometres to the northwest of Aoraki/Mount Cook in a valley overlooked by the peaks of Mt. Sefton and Mt. La Perouse. A popular tramping track follows the river and leads to the Welcome Flat hot springs. The track leads onto the Copland Pass and the Copland Glacier.[2]

The river lies within the Westland Tai Poutini National Park.


  1. ^ Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. Map 76. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8. 
  2. ^ "Copland Track". New Zealand Department of Conservation. Retrieved 7 September 2009. 

Coordinates: 43°37′S 169°50′E / 43.617°S 169.833°E / -43.617; 169.833