Drake River

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Drake River
Country New Zealand
Basin features
Main source Southern Alps
River mouth Waiatoto River
Physical characteristics
Length 12 kilometres (7.5 mi)

The Drake River is a river of New Zealand. It is located in southern Westland, and flows entirely within the Mount Aspiring National Park. The river follows a southerly course for seven kilometres before turning northeast to flow another five kilometres before reaching the Waiatoto River.[1]

The tributaries of the river were probably surveyed and named by Mueller in 1885.[2]

There is potential for a 30 MW power-generating plant at the junction of the Drake and Waiatoto Rivers.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. Map 78. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8. 
  2. ^ Club, New Zealand Alpine (1951). "New Zealand alpine journal". New Zealand alpine journal. 14: 6. 
  3. ^ "Renewable Energy Assessment" (PDF). West Coast Regional Council. 4 August 2008. p. 65. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 14, 2008. Retrieved 13 August 2009. 

Coordinates: 44°11′S 168°47′E / 44.183°S 168.783°E / -44.183; 168.783