Douglas River

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Douglas River
Origin Southern Alps
Mouth Karangarua River
Basin countries New Zealand
Length 18 kilometres (11 mi)

The Douglas River is a river of the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. Its source is high in the Southern Alps, five kilometres south of Mount Sefton, and its upper reaches are fed by water from the Douglas Glacier, New Zealand. It flows west for 18 kilometres, joined by runoff from the Horace Walker Glacier, before joining the waters of the Karangarua River. The Douglas River's entire course is within Westland Tai Poutini National Park.[1] The river and glacier are named after Charles Edward Douglas, a 19th-century explorer and mountaineer.[2]

The New Zealand Department of Conservation maintains a backcountry hut at the junction of the Douglas and Horace Walker rivers.[3]

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  1. ^ Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. Map 76. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8. 
  2. ^ Discover New Zealand:A Wises Guide (9th ed.). 1994. p. 293. 
  3. ^ "Horace Walker Hut". New Zealand Department of Conservation. Retrieved 14 August 2009. 

Coordinates: 43°40′29″S 169°50′26″E / 43.67472°S 169.84056°E / -43.67472; 169.84056