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Chinook salmon distribution

Chinook salmon distribution

Salmon are restricted to the South Island, although some strays are caught in North Island rivers. The east-coast rivers – the Waitaki, Rangitātā, Rakaia and Waimakariri – are their stronghold.

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Carl Walrond, 'Trout and salmon - Chinook salmon', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 May 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Nov 2008