Freshwater River

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Freshwater River
Country New Zealand
Physical characteristics
Main source Stewart Island / Rakiura
River mouth Paterson Inlet

The Freshwater River is the longest river on Stewart Island / Rakiura, the third largest of New Zealand's islands. It arises close to the island's northwestern point, from which it is separated by a ridge, and flows southeastward through the Ruggedy Flat for 25 kilometres (16 mi) before reaching the Paterson Inlet on the island's central east coast.[1] The Freshwater is the longest New Zealand river not to be located in either of the country's two main islands.

The river's catchment dominates much of the island's north, forming a wide swampy basin that covers some 150 square kilometres (58 sq mi) (almost a tenth of the island's total area).

A tramping track runs along the lower reach of the river.[2]


  1. ^ Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. pp. map 114. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8.
  2. ^ "North West Circuit & Southern Circuit Tracks". Retrieved 22 July 2009. [dead link]

Coordinates: 46°54′S 167°58′E / 46.900°S 167.967°E / -46.900; 167.967

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