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Motueka River

The Motueka catchment area is the largest inside the Tasman District. The Motueka River is 120 km long and has several significant rivers feeding into it including the Baton, Motupiko, Tadmor and Wangapeka. The Motueka River flows to Tasman Bay, just north of the township of Motueka.

Kahurangi National Park is on the west side of the catchment with the mountainous area capturing and channelling high levels of rainfall into the catchment. Historically heavy rainfall events have brought significant quantities of trees and debris into the rivers. The Motueka township’s proximity to the river has resulted in the construction of a system of stopbanks for flood protection.

The Motueka River feeds a large aquifer under the township of Motueka (population 7,000). The town’s water supply, including small private bores, draw water from the aquifer.

The maximum consented daily water take from the Motueka catchment is 7,035 cubic metres.

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Monitored sites in the Motueka River catchment

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