Cust River

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Cust River
Country New Zealand
Basin features
Main source Canterbury Plains
River mouth Cam River / Ruataniwha
Physical characteristics
Length 51 km (32 mi)

The Cust River is a river in the Canterbury Region of New Zealand. It flows east across the upper Canterbury Plains from its source north of the town of Oxford, New Zealand, flowing into the Cam River / Ruataniwha close to the town of Rangiora. The small town of Cust lies on the banks of the river.[1] The lower part of the river, to the south-west of Rangiora, is diverted into a channel and called the "Main Drain".[2] The channel was built in 1862 to drain the swampy land between Rangiora and the Waimakariri River, and when it was enlarged in 1868 it accidentally captured the Cust.[3]

The river was named in 1849 after Sir Edward Cust, a member of the Canterbury Association.[4][5]

Brown trout spawn in the river[6] and are suitable for fishing in spring.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. Maps 81–82. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8. 
  2. ^ Discover New Zealand:A Wises Guide (9th ed.). 1994. pp. 373, 394. 
  3. ^ "The Waimakariri River". Retrieved 30 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "Cust, New Zealand". Retrieved 30 August 2009. 
  5. ^ Reed, A. W. (2010). Peter Dowling, ed. Place Names of New Zealand. Rosedale, North Shore: Raupo. p. 94. ISBN 9780143204107. 
  6. ^ "Central Plains Water Proposal: Concerns of the North Canterbury Fish and Game Council" (PDF). p. 2. Retrieved 30 August 2009. 
  7. ^ "Fishing Close to Christchurch". Retrieved 30 August 2009. 

Coordinates: 43°19′S 172°32′E / 43.317°S 172.533°E / -43.317; 172.533