Aparima River

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For the French Polynesian dance, see 'aparima

The Aparima River is one of the southward-flowing braided rivers of Southland, New Zealand.


The Aparima has its headwaters in the Takitimu Mountains, south of Lake Te Anau, and flows south for 100 km before entering Foveaux Strait near Riverton at the north end of Oreti Beach. It is one of the rivers responsible for the large alluvial plain known as the Southland Plains. It has been identified as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International because it supports breeding colonies of the endangered black-billed gull.[1]


  1. ^ "Aparima River". BirdLife data zone: Important Bird Areas. BirdLife International. 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 

Coordinates: 46°20′S 168°01′E / 46.333°S 168.017°E / -46.333; 168.017