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Whanganui Inlet
Farewell spit.jpg
NASA satellite image of Farewell Spit. Whanganui Inlet can be seen centre left.
Location Tasman District
Nearest city Nelson

Whanganui Inlet is a large natural indentation in the northwest coast of the South Island of New Zealand.

The inlet is a drowned river valley running parallel to the west coast. It is some 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) in length and on average is about 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi) wide. A narrow channel halfway along the valley connects the inlet to the Tasman Sea. This channel is located 19 kilometres (12 mi) southwest of Farewell Spit.

It is still in a largely unspoilt natural state, with seagrass and salt marsh providing an environment friendly to sea life. It is a popular site for fishing and boating, and much of the inlet is protected by a wildlife management area and by the Westhaven Marine Reserve.

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