Story: West Coast places

South Westland coastline

South Westland coastline

The coastline in South Westland is gradually moving seawards, due to the growth of coastal dunes with forest-covered swamps behind them. This aerial view of the mouth of the Waiatoto River shows how the river has been turned northwards by the growth of a sandbar, caused by strong coastal currents.

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Simon Nathan, 'West Coast places - The far south', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 September 2023)

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