|Length 35 km|
Mouth Lake Wanaka
|Source elevation 300 m|
Country New Zealand
|Main source Mount Aspiring National Park|
River mouth Lake Wanaka 300 m (980 ft)
Source Mount Aspiring National Park
Makarora river scrubby flat creek hunter river wilson pass wills river new zealand feb 2013
The Makarora River is in the Otago region of the South Island of New Zealand.
- Makarora river scrubby flat creek hunter river wilson pass wills river new zealand feb 2013
- Map of Makarora River New Zealand
- Crossing the makarora river
Map of Makarora River, New Zealand
Crossing the makarora river
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.
State Highway 6 follows the Makarora River for the majority of its course from just south of Haast Pass. A popular short walk leads to its confluence with the Blue River, at the aptly named Blue Pools.
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.