Nevis River

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This article is about the river in New Zealand. For the river in Scotland, see River Nevis.

The Nevis River is in Otago, New Zealand. It flows north for 40 kilometres (25 mi) through rough country before meeting the Kawarau River, of which it is a tributary. A prominent rock outcrop close to this junction is known as the Nevis Bluff.

The river was one of the sites of the Central Otago goldrush of the 1860s. Today, the region around the river is known for tourism and wine production. New Zealand's highest bungy jumping operation, the 134-metre (440 ft) Nevis Highwire is above the river.[1]

A Water Conservation Order protects the river for its wild and scenic character and for recreational use, especially fishing and kayaking.[2] The Water Conservation Order made provision for damming the river for hydro-electric development. Fish and Game New Zealand applied to have this provision revoked[3] and in 2013, after a public process with consideration by a special tribunal and the Environment Court, the Environment Minister decided to prevent damming of the river.[4]


  1. ^ "The Nevis Bungy". A.J. Hackett Bungy. Retrieved 15 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "WATER CONSERVATION (KAWARAU) ORDER 1997" (text). New Zealand Government. 17 March 1997. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  3. ^ "Kawarau Water Conservation Order special tribunal announced". New Zealand Government. 16 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  4. ^ Adams, Amy (1 November 2013). "Minister acts to prevent damming on Nevis River". 

Coordinates: 45°04′S 169°02′E / 45.067°S 169.033°E / -45.067; 169.033