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The Waipa River is in the Waikato region of the North Island of New Zealand. The headwaters are in the Rangitoto Range east of Te Kuiti. It flows north for 115 kilometres (71 mi), passing through Otorohanga and Pirongia, before flowing into the Waikato River at Ngaruawahia. It is the Waikato's largest tributary. The Waipa's main tributary is the Puniu River. Over 50 kilometres (31 mi) was navigable by waka and Pirongia (Alexandra) was busy as the head of steamboat navigation until the railway was built to Te Awamutu in 1880, though some settlers used it as far as Te Kuiti. However, a 1915 guidebook still said, "Small steamers ply up and down the river from Huntly". An 1881 article said a journey upriver would normally take 36 hours, but more in dry weather, when shoals at Whatawhata and Te Rore were hard to cross. In the headwaters upstream of Otorohanga the river can be very clear during low flow conditions. This section of the river flows through rough farmland and patches of native bush. In this clearer part of the river there can be very good fly fishing for trout, but you'll need to ask the land owners permission to access the river. The Waipa is prone to flooding in its lower reaches as flood flows can be over 100 times—20 to 560 cubic metres per second (710 to 19,780 cu ft/s)—those of dry flows and the river can rise up to 11 metres (36 ft).


Discover the beauty of the city's striking landscope, welcome to Waikato River, New Zealand. Waikato River is located at a short trip away from Raglan a major city in New Zealand. Take a short trip from Waikato River and set some time aside to explore the Raglan. Dotted with places like Waiheke Island, Sky Tower, Devonport; it will definitely be a good idea. To get to this city, remember that the nearest major airport is Raglan Airfield. Most online packages to this city are of 1-2 days.

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Facts and Stats for Waikato River*

  • Pollution Statistics in Waikato River

    Know the pollution level of Waikato River before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 5.77 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 14.29 (Very Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 21.43 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 14.29 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 9.09 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 14.29 (Very Low)
  • Waikato River: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Waikato River for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Waikato River.

    • Burglary and Theft 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 31.25 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 33.33 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 33.33 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 33.33 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 33.33 (Low)
    • Attacks 38.64 (Low)
    • Drug offense 54.17 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 77.08 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 20.83 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 62.5 (High)
  • Living in Waikato River - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Waikato River is 194.5 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 60.84 (High)
    • Climate Index 99.03 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 13.95 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 37.13 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 71.47 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 67.36 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 5.2 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 110.85 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Waikato River

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Waikato River

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.28 USD
    • International Movie per seat 11.34 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 45.35 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 115.28 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 73.53 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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