Flaxbourne River

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Flaxbourne River
Country New Zealand
Basin features
Main source Inland Kaikoura Range
River mouth Pacific Ocean

The Flaxbourne River is a river in the Marlborough region of New Zealand. It arises in the Inland Kaikoura Range and Halden Hills and flows east and then south-east into the South Pacific Ocean near Ward.[1] It is named after the Flaxbourne sheep station established by Sir Charles Clifford in 1847.[2] The river is narrow and choked with willows.[3]

The river provides water for irrigation, and for stock and domestic supply. During summer the demand for water normally exceeds the availability. While the river is never dry, some of its tributaries dry up during most summers.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. pp. map 67. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8. 
  2. ^ Discover New Zealand:A Wises Guide (9th ed.). 1994. p. 296. 
  3. ^ Egarr, Graham (1995). New Zealand's South Island Rivers. p. 138. ISBN 0-473-02959-6. 
  4. ^ "Groundwater" (PDF). Marlborough District Council. c. 2004. p. 34. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 14, 2008. Retrieved 26 July 2009. 

Coordinates: 41°51′S 174°11′E / 41.850°S 174.183°E / -41.850; 174.183