Waianakarua River

North Branch of the Waianakarua River, below Glencoe Campsite. 13 April 2022.
~near the small settlement of Herbert. Waitaki, East Otago. New Zealand.

We were en route home and didn’t have much time but after driving some rural roads and then a rough forest road we made it to the campsite. I was having a wander when I saw a walking track and heard the river below, the volume such that I thought we’d better check it out! Called Nigel over and we walked down the bush track together, coming out at this gorgeous river with very clear water.

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View upstream.

There was only us.

So clear! a view through to the stones.

Looking downstream.


Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2022)

Further Info

Website +topographic map link: Glencoe Campsite

According to Wikipedia: “The son of Burt Munro, portrayed by Anthony Hopkins in the film “The World’s Fastest Indian”, resides in Waianakarua and has Burt’s (now famous) motorcycle among his possessions.

~nb: I’ve published several posts about Burt Munro and his motorcycles/streamliners.

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    1. Glad you’ve visited here again! If the lack of clear water is due to industrial pollution, I’m sad for the loss of something so fundamental to the wellbeing of all people and life in your area. I hope all is not lost!

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    2. Hi Nan, Liz again. I had a quick look for info about South Louisiana and found this article. The problems in your part of the world sound remarkably similar to polluted parts of NZ.. “Land runoff from farms and home sewage systems is the greatest threat to Louisiana’s waterways,..” ~the article is from April this year and is found at: https://www.wwno.org/coastal-desk/2022-04-06/most-of-louisianas-waterways-are-polluted-biggest-reasons-fertilizer-and-sewage

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      1. Yep, that’s a lot of the problem. My daughter is an environmental biologist and really has stories about pollution. We live on a small cattle ranch about 60 miles from the Gulf of Mexico on “Mt. Ragley” (my husband’s term) which is 120 feet above sea-level. Rice fields and crawfish abound! Blue Herons and lots of other birds.

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        1. Mt. Ragley must be an interesting place to live! Great your daughter’s an environmental biologist. Our small rural town is ~600 feet above sea level. It’s roughly an hour-and-a-half drive to get to the coast. (Our last owned-property was coastal, only ~30 feet above sea level!)

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