Haast River

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Haast River
Haast River - in full spate in the mountains.jpg
Haast River in the mountains
Origin Southern Alps
Mouth Tasman Sea
Basin countries New Zealand

The Haast River has its terminus on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand.

The Haast River

The Haast River drains the western watershed of the Haast Pass. It is 100 kilometres in length, and enters the Tasman Sea near Haast township. The river's main tributary is the Landsborough River.

The grassy flats on the lower reaches are grazed by cattle by the local farmers. Tourism operators offer jetboat tours on the river.

The river often has glacial silt in suspension in the water from glaciers in the Southern Alps. The majority of the surrounding land is publicly owned and administered by the Department of Conservation. It is set within the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site.

The 737m one-way bridge over the Haast River

State Highway 6 follows virtually the complete length of the river, with a bridge near the coast, just after the turnoff to the Haast township. At 737m it is the longest one-lane road bridge in New Zealand, and the 7th longest New Zealand bridge overall.[1]

The river is named after Julius von Haast.

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Coordinates: 43°50′S 169°02′E / 43.833°S 169.033°E / -43.833; 169.033