Waitaha River

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Waitaha River
Country New Zealand
Main source Southern Alps
River mouth Tasman Sea
42°57′30″S 170°39′24″E / 42.9583°S 170.6567°E / -42.9583; 170.6567Coordinates: 42°57′30″S 170°39′24″E / 42.9583°S 170.6567°E / -42.9583; 170.6567
Physical characteristics
Length 36 km (22 mi)

The Waitaha River is a river of the West Coast Region of New Zealand's South Island. It flows northwest from the Bloomfield Range of the Southern Alps, some 10 kilometres north of Mount Whitcombe, and reaches the Tasman Sea 15 kilometres southwest of Ross.

The Waitaha River is renowned for gold, both alluvial and from glacial deposition. Coarse gold has been dredged downstream of Morgans Gorge where the river opens into the flats. Several gold mining operations continue in the area today.

Upper reaches of the Waitaha River


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