List of rivers of New Zealand by length

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This is a list of the longest rivers in New Zealand, and some other prominent rivers, ordered by length.

South Island rivers are marked "SI", and North Island rivers "NI".

Main article: Rivers of New Zealand

The 20 longest rivers[edit]

Rank Name Island Length (km) Length (mi) Source Mouth
1 Waikato North 425 264
2 Clutha / Matau South 322 200
3 Whanganui North 290 180
4 Taieri South 288 179
5 Rangitikei North 241 150
6 Mataura South 240 149
7 Waiau (Southland) South 217 135
8 Clarence South 209 130
9 Waitaki South 209 130
10 Oreti South 203 126
11 Rangitaiki North 193 120
12 Manawatu North 182 113
13 Buller / Kawatiti South 177 110
14 Waihou North 175 109
15 Mohaka North 172 107
16 Wairau South 169 105
17 Whangaehu North 161 100
18 Waimakariri South 161 100
19 Mokau North 158 98
20 Ngaruroro North 154 96

Other prominent rivers[edit]

Over 100 kilometres[edit]

50 to 100 kilometres[edit]

Under 50 kilometres[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • The Air New Zealand Almanac 1989. Wellington: New Zealand Press Association.