Waiho River flowing out of the Franz Josef Glacier valley
|• location||Franz Josef Glacier|
|Length||25 km (16 mi)|
The Waiho River (traditionally the Waiau River) is a river of the West Coast Region of New Zealand's South Island. It is fed by the meltwater of the Franz Josef Glacier and skirts the main township of Franz Josef to its south, where its river bed is crossed by SH6 on a long single-lane bridge. Due to changes in rainfall and snow melt, the river's water flow varies greatly. In a severe rain storm on 26 March 2019, the bridge was destroyed after 400 millimetres (16 in) of rain had fallen. The bridge and one abutment was rebuilt, and the road link reopened after 18 days. The works cost NZ$6m.
- Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. "Whenua". Retrieved 14 June 2019.
- Gorman, Paul; Guildford, Jonathan; Kitchin, Tom (26 March 2019). "State of emergency on West Coast as heavy rain batters region, wipes out bridge". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
- Guildford, Jonathan (2 May 2019). "West Coast's Waiho River bridge to close at night as final construction begins". The Press. p. 3. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
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