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World Rivers Day - 23 September 2018

World Rivers Day is a celebration of the world's waterways. It highlights the many values of rivers and strives to increase public awareness and encourages the improved stewardship of rivers around the world.

Celebrate World Rivers Day 2018 with Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority at the Kaituna River Document public celebration event on Sunday 30 September at Waitangi – Rangiuru Reserve from 10am -2pm. See details here>> 

World Rivers Day - 10 major rivers

Bay of Plenty region has ten major awa (rivers) and hundreds of other rivers and streams that sustain our work, life and play.

Regional Council delivers action on the ground, science, policy and planning work to protect and improve those rivers and the hundreds of other waterways that sustain this region's lives and livelihoods. See more about some of this work on the Kaituna, Rangitaiki and Wairoa Rivers in the videos below.

Download our Water Booklet (pdf, 11.5MB) for an overview of how Regional Council manages and monitors the region's water quality and quantity in our waterways.

You can see up-to-date water quality information from Council's water monitoring work for 50 catchments and 49 popular river and lake swimming spots at

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Did you know... 

  • More than 211,468 litres of water per second flows through Bay of Plenty's main rivers, streams and aquifers.
  • Regional Council regularly collects water quality and quantity information from 680 water monitoring sites across the region.

Rangitaiki River

  • The region’s longest river is the 155km long Rangitāiki River.
  • Some of the mature female tuna (eels) that live in the Rangitāiki River were born more than 60 years ago.

See more about our work to care for waterways in the Rangitaiki catchments>>

Kaituna River

  • The Kaituna River is 50 kilometres long it runs from Lake Rotoiti to the Maketū Estuary.
  • At 7 metres tall, Tutea Falls on the upper Kaituna River is the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall.

See more about our work to care about waterways in the Kaituna catchments>>

Wairoa River

  • The Wairoa River is approximately 14km in long and is the largest freshwater tributary into the Tauranga Harbour.
  • Four power stations harness energy from the Wairoa River to generate hydro-electricity.

See more about our work to care for the Wairoa and other waterways in the Tauranga Harbour catchments>>

Whakatane River

  • The Whakatane River catchment covers over 1,100 km2 and the Whakatane river extends 112 km to its upper tributaries.

Tarawera River

  • The Tarawera River is thought to be fed by at least six lakes: Rotokakahi (Green Lake), Lake Ōkāreka, Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake), Lake Ōkataina and Lake Rotomahana, all flow into Lake Tarawera and into the Tarawera River via streams and springs.

See more river and waterway trivia here>>

Help care for your waterways

Everyone has a role to play in caring for the region’s rivers and other waterways. You can:

Videos about our river care work 

Kaituna River


Rangitaiki River


Wairoa River