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Not to be confused with the Rangitikei River in the southwestern North Island..
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Rangitaiki River
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Rangitaiki River
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The Rangitaiki River system
Native name Rangitaiki
Country New Zealand
Region Bay of Plenty
District Taupo, Whakatāne
Towns Murupara, Edgecumbe
Physical characteristics
River mouth Bay of Plenty
Sea level
Length 155 kilometres (96 mi)
  • Average rate:
    74 m3/s (2,600 cu ft/s)
Basin features
Basin size 3,005 square kilometres (1,160 sq mi)
  • Right:
    Otamatea River, Wheao River, Whirinaki River, Horomanga River
Waterbodies Lake Āniwaniwa, Lake Matahina
Waterfalls Āniwaniwa Falls

The Rangitaiki River is the longest river in the Bay of Plenty region in New Zealand's North Island. It is 155 kilometres (96 mi) long, and rises inland from northern Hawkes Bay to the east of the Kaingaroa Forest. The Rangitaiki catchment covers an area of 3005 km2. It flows in a generally northeastward direction, passing through the town of Murupara and skirting close to the western edge of Te Urewera National Park before turning northwards, flowing past Edgecumbe and into the Bay of Plenty close to Thornton.

There are two man-made lakes on the Rangitaiki formed by hydro-electric dams, Lake Āniwaniwa (formerly Lake Aniwhenua) and Lake Matahina.


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