List of rivers of New Zealand by length

This is a list of the longest rivers in New Zealand, and some other prominent rivers, ordered by length.

South Island rivers are marked "SI", and North Island rivers "NI".

The 20 longest rivers

Rank Name Island Length (km) Length (mi)
1WaikatoNorth425 264
2Clutha / MatauSouth322 200
3WhanganuiNorth290 180
4TaieriSouth288 179
5RangitikeiNorth241 150
6MatauraSouth240 149
7Waiau (Southland)South217 135
8ClarenceSouth209 130
9WaitakiSouth209 130
10OretiSouth203 126
11RangitaikiNorth193 120
12ManawatuNorth182 113
13Buller / KawatitiSouth177 110
14WaihouNorth175 109
15MohakaNorth172 107
16WairauSouth169 105
17NgaruroroNorth164 102
18WhangaehuNorth161 100
19WaimakaririSouth161 100
20NgaruroroNorth154 96

Other prominent rivers

Over 100 kilometres

50 to 100 kilometres

Under 50 kilometres

Shortest rivers

See also

References

  • The Air New Zealand Almanac 1989. Wellington: New Zealand Press Association.
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