Eyre River (New Zealand)

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Eyre River
Country New Zealand
Basin features
Main source Puketeraki Range
River mouth Waimakariri River

The Eyre River is a river in the Canterbury region of New Zealand. It arises in the Puketeraki Range and flows south-east into the Waimakariri River near Christchurch International Airport.[1] The connection with the Waimakariri is via a diversion channel running south-west, replacing the Eyre's original easterly flow. The river is named after Edward John Eyre, the Lieutenant-Governor of New Munster from 1848–53.[2]

The river rarely carries surface water,[3] due to the unreliability of the easterly rains which feed it.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. pp. map 81. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8. 
  2. ^ Discover New Zealand:A Wises Guide (9th ed.). 1994. p. 376. 
  3. ^ Waimakariri River Regional Plan (Report R04/7) (PDF). Environment Canterbury. October 2004. p. 19. ISBN 1-86937-502-5. Retrieved 27 July 2009. 
  4. ^ "The Waimakariri River". Waimakariri Irrigation Ltd. Retrieved 27 July 2009. 

Coordinates: 43°23′41″S 172°27′55″E / 43.39472°S 172.46528°E / -43.39472; 172.46528