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Karakatuwhero River

This river flows from the northern tip of the Raukumara ranges into the bay at Te Araroa East Cape. The catchment size is not large with an area of 78 km2. Tributaries cover areas of ancient basalt rock formations that are steep and provide a supply of hard boulders that drop into the river and tributaries, providing habitat for a good range of native fish. Hochstetters frog populations are found within the catchment.


Good quality shingle is extracted from the Karakatuwhero, providing a valuable resource for East Cape roads.

Land cover is predominantly indigenous.

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