Wakamarina River

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Wakamarina River
Canvastown Wakamarina River.JPG
Country New Zealand
Physical characteristics
Main source Richmond Range
River mouth Pelorus River
Length 24 km (15 mi)

The Wakamarina River is a river of the Marlborough Region of New Zealand's South Island. It flows generally northeast to from its origins in the Richmond Range to reach the Pelorus River at the settlement of Canvastown, 10 kilometres (6 mi) west of Havelock. In 1864, gold was found in the river near Havelock, and soon 6,000 men were working in the area. The gold rush did not last long and most miners moved on to the West Coast Gold Rush.[1]

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  1. ^ McLintock, A. H., ed. (22 April 2009) [First published in 1966]. "Wakamarina and the West Coast". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Ministry for Culture and Heritage / Te Manatū Taonga. Retrieved 11 October 2015. 

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

Coordinates: 41°17′S 173°40′E / 41.283°S 173.667°E / -41.283; 173.667