The Taieri River flows through the dry, 660km² area of the Maniototo Plain, west of the Rock and Pillar Range. At the southern end of the Rock and Pillar Range is the man-made Logan Burn reservoir; part of the combined Maniototo Irrigation and Hydroelectric Scheme. A secondary reservoir for this scheme is located near Paerau.
The river follows an extremely meandering course through large scroll plains in the Maniototo. These are unique and scientifically important features of the upper catchment, land use in this area is increasingly used for dairy farming. Waipiata is located downstream of the scroll plains.
Waipata will track changes in water quality as a result of recent agricultural intensification in the upper Taieri. Waipiata is also a minimum flow site.
Some sites have telemetry monitoring systems in place that can provide up to the minute data. At this site the following live data measurements are available. Click on the data type for more information.