Grebe River

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Grebe River
Country New Zealand
Physical characteristics
Main source Fiordland
River mouth Lake Manapouri

The Grebe River is a river in Fiordland, New Zealand. It arises north-west of Lake Monowai in an area once part of the lake but cut off by an enormous landslide about 13,000 years ago.[1] The river now flows north, between the Townley Mountains to the west, and the Hunter Mountains to the east, and into Lake Manapouri's South Arm. Its major tributaries are Jaquiery Stream, Florence Stream, Emerald Stream, and Percy Stream, all from the west.[2][3]

Borland Road runs along much of the Grebe Valley to Lake Manapouri. It was built in 1963 to support a transmission line between the lake and Tiwai Point aluminium smelter.[4] A tramping track runs from the northern end of Lake Monowai to the head of the Grebe and up to the road. The Department of Conservation maintains several huts for trampers in the area.[5]

Whitewater kayaking/canoeing is possible on the last three km of the Grebe, from Percy Valley to Lake Manapouri.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Green Lake Landslide - New Zealand's largest landslide". GNS Science. Retrieved 16 July 2009. 
  2. ^ Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. pp. map 105. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8. 
  3. ^ Discover New Zealand:A Wises Guide (9th ed.). 1994. p. 458. 
  4. ^ "Lake Monowai / Borland Road". Department of Conservation. Retrieved 16 July 2009. 
  5. ^ "Borland Road tramping tracks". Department of Conservation. Retrieved 16 July 2009. 
  6. ^ "Grebe / Percy Valley bridge to Lake Manapouri, II-III+". Whitewater NZ. Retrieved 16 July 2009. 

Coordinates: 45°35′S 167°22′E / 45.583°S 167.367°E / -45.583; 167.367