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The Makarora River is in the Otago region of the South Island of New Zealand.

Makarora River
River Makarora flows into Lake Wanaka.jpg
The Makarora River flows into northern end of Lake Wanaka.
CountryNew Zealand
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ locationMount Aspiring National Park
 ⁃ location
Lake Wanaka
 ⁃ elevation
300 m (980 ft)
Length35 km (22 mi)



The headwaters are in Mount Aspiring National Park, on the eastern flanks of the Southern Alps near Haast Pass, which is the saddle between the Makarora and Haast River valleys. The Makarora River flows south into the northern end of Lake Wanaka after passing the small community of Makarora. The river attracts some recreational fishing, jetboating and kayaking. Rainbow and brown trout migrate from Lake Wanaka up the river and its tributaries to spawn, mainly in autumn and winter.[1]

State Highway 6 follows the Makarora River for the majority of its course from just south of Haast Pass. A popular[2] short walk leads to its confluence with the Blue River, at the aptly named Blue Pools.[3]


In September 2007 a landslide in the Young River valley blocked off the corresponding stream. Young River is a tributary to Makarora River. The landslide created a new lake. The lake appears to be permanent.

The Makarora River near West Makarora township.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Info panel at Blue Pools, Department of Conservation NZ
  2. ^ "101 Kiwi Must Do's: The Blue Pools of Haast Pass". NZ Automobile Association. Retrieved 2015-03-22.
  3. ^ "Blue Pools Track". Department of Conservation NZ. Retrieved 2015-03-22.

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