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Waita River
Country New Zealand
Physical characteristics
Main source Mataketake Range
River mouth Tasman Sea
Length 17 km (11 mi)

The Waita River is in the West Coast Region of New Zealand's South Island. It flows generally west to reach the Tasman Sea 10 kilometres northeast of the mouth of the Haast River. The river has its source on the western flanks of the Mataketake Range and passes through dense native forest which opens up into farm land before passing under the State Highway 6. The Maori River is one of the tributaries of the Waita.

There are a number of baches next to the river after the point where it is crossed by the State Highway. About seven permanent residents live in them, some of which date back to the 1900s and have historic value. The Department of Conservation, which administers the land on which the baches lie, wanted to have the baches removed by 2025 as part of a draft Conservation Management Strategy (CMS). This was on the basis of a policy to avoid private accommodation on public land. The final version of the CMS allowed the baches to say but they must be made available to the public were possible.

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