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Waitakaruru River

The Waitakaruru River arises in the Hapuakohe Ranges and flows
into the south-western corner of the Firth of Thames. The main stem measures 19.6km in length, with about 95km of tributaries. The catchment area is approximately 66 square kilometres. The catchment consists mostly of moderately steep to rolling topography and the river passes through predominantly pasture, with some areas of plantation and indigenous forest in the upper reaches. 

The dominant underlying geology is  greywacke, with areas of tephra. It changes to alluvial in the lower reaches as it flows through the heavily drained plains. The sampling site is in the lower reaches of the river. The land use in the catchment is mostly agriculture.

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