Story: Canterbury places

Waimakariri River

Waimakariri River

Most Canterbury rivers have braided shingle beds. Three, including the Waimakariri, have glaciers at their heads. Braided rivers are formed when sediment and gravel are carried down the river and deposited to form flat basins between the mountains and coastal plains. They are an important habitat for wading birds.

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John Wilson, 'Canterbury places - Kaiapoi district', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 December 2023)

Story by John Wilson, reviewed & revised 6 Jul 2015, updated 17 Aug 2015