Wairaurahiri River

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Wairaurahiri River
Mouth of the Wairaurahiri River
Country New Zealand
Physical characteristics
Main source Lake Hauroko
157 m (515 ft)
River mouth Foveaux Strait
Length 27 km (17 mi)

The Wairaurahiri River is a river in southern Fiordland, New Zealand, draining Lake Hauroko into the sea. Many boats have got into trouble along its length, as the river flows quite quickly with grade-3 rapids, so the main boats that use the river are commercial jetboats.[1] There is a 157-metre (515 ft) drop from the source at Lake Hauroko to the mouth, which empties into Foveaux Strait.[2]

There is an active stoat and rat trapping programme set up along the length of the river and maintained by locals.[3]


  1. ^ "Wairaurahiri Jet - Wairaurahiri Jet". Wjet.co.nz. Retrieved 2015-06-18. 
  2. ^ Shirley Whyte (2012-11-14). "Jet boats strike trouble on Wairaurahiri River". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 2015-06-18. 
  3. ^ "Wairaurahiri Jet - Wairaurahiri Jet". Wjet.co.nz. Retrieved 2015-06-18. 

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Coordinates: 46°12′01″S 167°14′26″E / 46.2004°S 167.2405°E / -46.2004; 167.2405