Orari River

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Orari River
Origin Four Peaks Range
Mouth Pacific Ocean
Basin countries New Zealand
Length 74 kilometres (46 mi)

The Orari River is a river of the south Canterbury Region of New Zealand's South Island. It rises to the northwest of the Four Peaks Range, initially flowing north then east to circumnavigate the range before flowing southeast across the Canterbury Plains. It reaches the Pacific Ocean eight kilometres east of Temuka. The towns of Geraldine and Orari are both located close to its banks. The river has been identified as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International because it supports breeding colonies of the endangered black-billed gull.[1]

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

"Place Name Detail: Orari River". New Zealand Geographic Placenames Database. Land Information New Zealand. Retrieved 12 July 2009. 

Coordinates: 44°15′S 171°25′E / 44.250°S 171.417°E / -44.250; 171.417