Story: Landscapes – overview

Waimakariri River

Waimakariri River

The Canterbury Plains are made of gravels from the Southern Alps, carried down to the sea by large rivers. This is the lower reaches of the Waimakariri River north of Christchurch. Like other Canterbury rivers, it has a braided pattern of multiple channels and gravel, in contrast to the single channel of a meandering river.

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Landscapes – overview - Central South Island', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 April 2024)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Jul 2015