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For the town, see Little River, New Zealand.
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Little River
Country New Zealand
Physical characteristics
Main source Mount Hutt
River mouth Rakaia River
314 m (1,030 ft)
Length 7 km (4.3 mi)

The Little River is a tributary of Rakaia River, about 7 km (4.3 mi) long, in the Canterbury Plains of New Zealand's South Island. It rises on the 2,185 m (7,169 ft) Mount Hutt and enters the Rakaia 314 m (1,030 ft) above sea level.

Little River is also the name of a short river, roughly 2 km (1.2 mi), on Stewart Island, about a 2-hour walk from Oban.

Wairewa marae, a marae (tribal meeting ground) of Ngāi Tahu and its Wairewa Rūnanga branch, is located at Little River. It includes Te Mako wharenui (meeting house).

Power station

MainPower’s Cleardale power station, was built in 2010. It takes up to 450 l (99 imp gal; 120 US gal)/second through a fibreglass penstock, 2.3 km (1.4 mi) up from, and 300 m (980 ft) above, the station, to drive a 1 mW (1.3×10−6 hp) pelton wheel. Power is generated at 400 volts and transformed to feed into Electricity Ashburton's 11 kV network. Some water from the tailrace is used to irrigate 208 ha (510 acres), with the remainder returned to the river. The power station and penstock have been landscaped and are now barely visible.

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