Mararoa River

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Mararoa River
Country New Zealand
Physical characteristics
Main source Livingstone and Thomson Mountains
River mouth Waiau River
200 m (660 ft)

The Mararoa River is one of the braided rivers of the Southland Region of the South Island of New Zealand.


The river feeds into the Mavora Lakes and discharges into the Waiau River eight kilometres downstream from where it leaves Lake Manapouri. Water from the Mararoa River is fed into the Waiau River by a control structure at the confluence of the two rivers.[1] This is used to control the level of Lake Manapouri for hydroelectric power generation.

The river has been identified as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International because it supports breeding colonies of the endangered black-billed gull.[2] Didymo, an invasive organism discovered in New Zealand in 2004, has been found in the river.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Mararoa River". BirdLife data zone: Important Bird Areas. BirdLife International. 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 

Coordinates: 45°34′S 167°36′E / 45.567°S 167.600°E / -45.567; 167.600