The Forbes River is a river in the Canterbury Region of New Zealand. It arises in the Two Thumb Range and flows east into the Havelock River which joins the Rangitira River, which flows into the Pacific Ocean. The river was named by Julius von Haast after James David Forbes, professor of Natural Philosophy at Edinburgh University in the mid 19th century.
- ^ Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. pp. map 74. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8.
- ^ Discover New Zealand:A Wises Guide (9th ed.). 1994. p. 377.
Coordinates: 43°27′S 170°42′E / 43.450°S 170.700°E