Robinson River (New Zealand)

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For other places with the same name, see Robinson River (disambiguation).
Robinson River
Origin Mount Boscawen
Mouth Upper Grey River
Basin countries New Zealand
Length 23.5 kilometres (14.6 mi)
Source elevation 1,390 metres (4,560 ft)
Mouth elevation 311 metres (1,020 ft)

The Robinson River is a river in the West Coast Region of the South Island of New Zealand. It is a tributary of the Upper Grey River and much of the river lies within the Lake Sumner Conservation Park. Rising on the slopes of Mount Boscawen (1,780 metres (5,840 ft)) on the main divide about 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) south of the Lewis Pass, the river runs west-southwest along a straight, narrow valley before turning northwest to reach the Upper Grey. [1][2]

Some older maps show the river as the Marchant River or the Marchant Robinson River.[3]

A two-day tramping track known as the Robinson River track runs up the Robinson River before crossing a saddle via a poled route to join with the Lake Christabel track. There are two tramping huts maintained by the Department of Conservation beside the river.[4]

The river is named for a superintendent of Nelson Province, John Perry Robinson (1809–1865).[3]


  1. ^ New Zealand 1:50000 Topographic Map Series sheet BU22 – Lake Sumner
  2. ^ New Zealand 1:50000 Topographic Map Series sheet BT22 – Springs Junction
  3. ^ a b Wises New Zealand Guide, 7th edition, 1979 p. 377
  4. ^ "Lewis Pass tramping tracks". New Zealand Dept. of Conservation. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 

Coordinates: 42°27′27″S 171°59′53″E / 42.45750°S 171.99806°E / -42.45750; 171.99806