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Waingongoro River

The Waingongoro River is highly valued for its aesthetic, scenic and recreational values and supports an important Taranaki trout fishery. It holds special value for Ngāruahine and Ngāti Ruanui Iwi. While the river drains agricultural land throughout the catchment, it also has industrial pressures in the mid-catchment. 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.


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. Recent riparian fencing and planting in the catchment is expected to result in better water quality as these areas become established, and as a result of the removal of the Eltham industrial and municipal discharges in 2010.

Including Egmont National Park, the Waingongoro catchment has a total of 1,219 km of stream bank. 57% of the stream banks have riparian vegetation that is either covered by a Taranaki Regional Council riparian management plan (53%) or within the National Park (4%). 82% of stream banks are protected by riparian fencing outside of Egmont National Park and another 4% are protected within the Park. There are stretches of stream bank that are both fenced and planted.

96% of the stream banks outside of Egmont National Park are covered by riparian plans (June 2017).

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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