Waikato River story

The Waikato River’s journey begins in the great reservoir of Lake Taupō, flowing 425km before making its way out to sea at Puuaha o Waikato (Port Waikato). It is New Zealand’s longest river and an iconic part of the Waikato landscape.

Watch these short videos as senior water scientist Bill Vant sheds some light on the incredible story of the mighty Waikato River.

Part one 
Introduction to the Waikato River
Part two 
The changes we see along the Waikato River
Part three
The health of the Waikato River

Find out more

There are many environmental initiatives happening along the length of the Waikato River that contribute to improving the river's health and wellbeing. Click on the links below to see what different groups and organisations are doing in and around the Waikato River. 

Waikato Regional Council
We've got more information about: the Waikato River, how clean its water is, how we measure water qualitywhat lives in the river, and policies on rivers and streams, including the Regional Plan (water module) and Regional Policy Statement (water). 

The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) has information and online access to environmental monitoring systems on the Waikato River and a range of environmental areas. 

Waikato River Authority
The Waikato River Authority supports and provides funding for projects that aim to restore and protect the health and wellbeing of the Waikato River. 

Waikato Catchment Ecological Enhancement Trust
WCEET helps organisations, agencies, groups and individuals with environmental projects in the Lake Taupō and Waikato River catchments.

Waikato RiverCare
With one of the largest riparian restoration projects in the region, Waikato RiverCare is a well established care group preparing, planting and maintaining areas of native plant habitat on the banks of the Lower Waikato River

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