Crooked River (New Zealand)

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Crooked River
Country New Zealand
Basin features
Main source Kaimata Range
1,250 m (4,100 ft)
River mouth Lake Brunner
85 m (279 ft)
Physical characteristics
Length 31 km (19 mi)

Crooked River is a river that flows from headwaters in the Southern Alps to Lake Brunner in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island.[1][2] It is named for the erratic path it takes. Near Lake Brunner, it passes through reasonably flat farmland, but closer to its source, it rushes through gorges and rapids. One tributary is the Poerua River from Lake Poerua.

Fishers visit Crooked River to catch trout.[3][4] The river is also used by canoeists.[5] Recently, there has been a minor silt build-up in the river's middle reaches.

There are two backcountry huts available for trampers along the Crooked River.[6][7]


  1. ^ Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. Maps 69, 70. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8. 
  2. ^ Discover New Zealand:A Wises Guide (9th ed.). 1994. p. 291. 
  3. ^ "Crooked River". New Zealand Fly Fishing Guide. Retrieved 5 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "Crooked River Trout Fishing". New Zealand Fly Fishing for Trout and Salmon. Retrieved 5 September 2009. 
  5. ^ "West Coast / Crooked". NZRCA River Guide. Retrieved 5 September 2009. 
  6. ^ "Jacko Flat Hut". Remote Huts Westland. Retrieved 5 September 2009. 
  7. ^ "Top Crooked Hut". Remote Huts Westland. Retrieved 5 September 2009. 

Coordinates: 42°36′S 171°28′E / 42.600°S 171.467°E / -42.600; 171.467