Copland River

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Copland River
Copland Track, New Zealand (45).JPG
Country New Zealand
Basin features
Main source Southern Alps
1,180 m (3,870 ft)
River mouth Karangarua River
52 m (171 ft)
Physical characteristics
Length 20 km (12 mi)

The Copland River is a river on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. It flows for 20 kilometres (12 mi) from its headwaters in the Southern Alps to its confluence with the Karangarua River.[1]

The headwaters of the Copland lie only 8 kilometres (5 mi) northwest of Aoraki / Mount Cook in a valley overlooked by the peaks of Mount Sefton and Mount 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