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Whakapapa River
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Whakapapa River near Owhango
Native name Whakapapa
Country New Zealand
Region Manawatū-Whanganui
District Ruapehu
Physical characteristics
Main source Mount Ruapehu
Whakapapa skifield
River mouth Whanganui River
255 m (837 ft)
Length 65 km (40 mi)
Basin features
Progression Whakapapanui Stream → Whakapapa RiverWhanganui River
River system Whanganui River
Waterfalls Tawhai Falls

The Whakapapa River in New Zealand trickles off the Whakapapa skifield of Mount Ruapehu, down the western slopes of the mountain, passing near Ōwhango before finally merging with the Whanganui River just east of Kakahi.

Peter McIntyre had a home near Kakahi overlooking the confluence of the Whanganui and Whakapapa rivers, and painted several oil landscapes of the Whakapapa River. After his death, the Whakapapa River undermined the white pumice cliffs where his house was built and claimed the house as its own.

Occasionally people kayak a 7.5-kilometre (4.7 mi) stretch of the river from near Ōwhango (38°59.80′S 175°23.92′E / 38.99667°S 175.39867°E / -38.99667; 175.39867) to near Kakahi (38°56.41′S 175°24.50′E / 38.94017°S 175.40833°E / -38.94017; 175.40833).

Tributaries

Tributary Name Length (km) km From Mouth Confluence Coordinates
Mount Ruapehu River Source 39°15′40″S 175°33′50″E / 39.26111°S 175.56389°E / -39.26111; 175.56389
Tepure Stream 39°03.54′S 175°23.78′E / 39.05900°S 175.39633°E / -39.05900; 175.39633
Whanganui River River Mouth 0 km 38°55′48″S 175°24′28″E / 38.93000°S 175.40778°E / -38.93000; 175.40778
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