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Waingongoro River

The Waingongoro River has high aesthetic, scenic and recreational values, a special cultural value for Ngāruahine and Ngāti Ruanui Iwi and supports an important Taranaki trout fishery. 

Its headwaters are sourced on Mt Taranaki and it is the longest river confined to the Taranaki ring plain, flowing south of the mountain and reaching the sea west of Hawera. While the river drains predominately agricultural land throughout the catchment, there are some industrial pressures in the mid-catchment.


River water quality in this catchment has been monitored since 1998.  Ecological health has shown signs of significant improvement in the catchment especially at three Waingongoro River sites around Eltham.  The removal of the Eltham industrial and municipal discharges in 2010 and the recent riparian fencing and planting in the catchment is expected to yield better water quality in the near future.

Including Egmont National Park, the Waingongoro catchment has a total of 1,219 km of stream bank.  The Council’s database shows 62% of the stream banks in the catchment are planted in riparian vegetation with 4% stream banks located within Egmont National Park and 58% of stream banks covered by a Council riparian management plan outside the park boundary.  Further to this, 4% of stream banks are protected by riparian fencing within National Park while a further 85% of stream banks are fenced outside the park.  There are stretches of stream bank that are both fenced and planted.  Overall, 97% of the stream banks outside of Egmont National Park are covered by riparian plans (June 2019).

For all sites, the Council advises:

Avoid for three days after heavy rain, if the river is high, or if you cannot see the bottom clearly.


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Monitored sites in the Waingongoro River catchment

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