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Waiatoto River
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Native name Waiatoto
Country New Zealand
Region West Coast
District Westland
Physical characteristics
Main source Mount Aspiring, Volta Glacier
River mouth Jackson Bay
Length 52 kilometres (32 mi)
Basin features
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    Bettne River, Pearson River, Bonar River, Donald River, Drake River, Te Naihi River

The Waiatoto River is a river of the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. Formed from several small rivers which are fed by glaciers surrounding Mount Aspiring, it flows north along a valley flanked in the west by the Haast Range before turning northwest to reach the Tasman Sea 20 kilometres (12 mi) southwest of Haast. Much of the river's length is within Mount Aspiring National Park.

The New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage gives a translation of "water of blood" for Waiatoto.


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