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Wharekahika River

The most northern catchment in the Gisborne District has its headwaters bounding the Bay of Plenty region. It discharges into Hick’s Bay from a catchment area of 148 km2.


Land cover is mainly indigenous scrub and forest with some extensive farming near the mouth and limited areas of exotic pine forest.

Native fish species that inhabit the Wharekahika are a key value and water quality is generally maintained due to a lack of erosion prone soils in the catchment and the minimal modification that has taken place from intensive landuse. Native fish in the Wharekahika have been ranked as nationally significant by a River values assessment project (RIVAS)

The Wharekahika has a permanent monitoring site near the Wharf road bridge approximately 1km inland from the river mouth. Data has been collected from this location six times per year and information is available from 1995.

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Monitored sites in the Wharekahika River catchment

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