Waimakariri Gorge

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Waimakariri Gorge
Waimakariri River.jpg
Looking down the Waimakariri Gorge towards the Southern Alps
Waimakariri Gorge is located in New Zealand
Waimakariri Gorge
Waimakariri Gorge
Coordinates 43°13′41″S 171°56′53″E / 43.228°S 171.948°E / -43.228; 171.948Coordinates: 43°13′41″S 171°56′53″E / 43.228°S 171.948°E / -43.228; 171.948

The Waimakariri Gorge is located on the Waimakariri River in inland Canterbury in the South Island of New Zealand.

Like its neighbour, the Rakaia River, the Waimakariri runs through wide shingle beds for much of its length, but is forced through a narrow canyon as it approaches the Canterbury Plains.

Much of the gorge is followed by the Midland line. The Waimakariri Gorge Bridge was built in 1876 by William Stokes. Until the early 1930s, it carried the Oxford Branch railway line connecting Oxford and Sheffield.[1]


  1. ^ "The Waimakariri Gorge Bridge". Christchurch City Libraries. Retrieved 23 September 2011.