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The Wangapeka River is a river of the Tasman Region of New Zealand's South Island. It rises in two branches, the North Branch and the South Branch, in the Matiri Range within Kahurangi National Park, meeting some 25 kilometres southeast of Karamea. It flows generally northeast to reach the Motueka River 30 kilometres south of Motueka.

Wangapeka River
CountryNew Zealand
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ locationMatiri Range
 ⁃ location
Motueka River
Length37 km (23 mi)

The Wangapeka valley was the site of a major goldfield during the late 1860s, and is mentioned in some versions of the New Zealand folk song "Bright Fine Gold".[1]

See alsoEdit


"Place name detail: Wangapeka River". New Zealand Gazetteer. Land Information New Zealand. Retrieved 12 July 2009.

  1. ^ "Bright Fine Gold - Origins of its lyrics". Retrieved 11 May 2011.

Coordinates: 41°19′S 172°47′E / 41.317°S 172.783°E / -41.317; 172.783