Bowen River (New Zealand)

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Milford Sound - Bowen Falls 4.jpg
The Bowen River flowing over the Lady Bowen Falls into Milford Sound
Name origin: in honour of Diamantina Bowen
Country New Zealand
Island South Island
Regions Southland, Fiordland
Mouth Milford Sound
 - elevation 0 m (0 ft)
 - coordinates 44°39′55″S 167°55′34″E / 44.66528°S 167.92611°E / -44.66528; 167.92611Coordinates: 44°39′55″S 167°55′34″E / 44.66528°S 167.92611°E / -44.66528; 167.92611
Bowen River (New Zealand) is located in New Zealand
Bowen River (New Zealand)
Location of Bowen River mouth in the south island of New Zealand

The Bowen River is a river in northern Fiordland, New Zealand.[1] The river runs south for 8 kilometres (5 mi) before flowing from a hanging valley to become the 162-metre (531 ft) Lady Bowen Falls and draining into the head of Milford Sound. The falls are named for Diamantina Bowen, wife of George Bowen, the fifth Governor of New Zealand.

The falls provide electricity for the Milford Sound settlement by feeding a small hydroelectric scheme, and are also the water source for the settlement.

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  1. ^ "Place Name Detail: Bowen River (New Zealand)". New Zealand Geographic Placenames Database. Land Information New Zealand. Retrieved 2010-01-17.