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Waitangi River

The Waitangi River catchment is 302 square kilometres and the river is 37 km long. It originates just east of Lake Omapere and flows east towards Haruru, then enters into the Bay of Islands.  The Waiaruhe River is a major tributary of the Waitangi River and begins in the Ngawha Springs catchment.

This catchment has been designated a 'priority catchment' by Northland Regional Council through its Waiora Northland water quality programme. For further information please refer to


The dominant land use in the catchment is a mix of beef, sheep and dairy farming, with areas of native and exotic forest in the headwaters. The underlying geology is predominantly acidic volcanic.

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