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Lindis River

The Lindis River is situated in Central Otago and has a catchment area of 1,055 km2, flowing into the Clutha River/Mata-Au approximately 6 km upstream of Lake Dunstan. Although the upper Lindis Catchment can receive large amounts of snow and significant rainfall (up to 700mm rainfall as an annual average), the lower Lindis River is one of the driest areas in New Zealand with an average annual precipitation of 480mm. 

Flows in the Lindis River are generally high during spring due to rainfall and snow-melt, but are greatly reduced during summer.

The upper Lindis Catchment is dominated by snow tussock and low producing grassland, while in the lower catchment, high producing exotic grassland dominates. With its dry climate and low water availability the Lindis Catchment is dominated by sheep and sheep/beef farming, with a recent increase in viticulture in the lower catchment.

Alluvial gold mining during the 19th century changed the landscape around the river and vestiges of the era include water race intake structures and water races.

The Lindis River, like many of Central Otago’s rivers, is recognised for both its scenic, recreational and biodiversity values. The most important recreational uses of the Lindis River  are trout angling and swimming. The Lindis River is listed in the Water Plan as having a significant presence of adult trout as well as significant habitat for juvenile trout and trout spawning. The Lindis River is also used to a lesser degree for kayaking.

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