Whanganui River

The Whanganui River is a major river in the North Island of New Zealand. It is the country's third-longest river, and has special status owing to its importance to the region's Māori people. In March 2017 it became the world's second (after Te Urewera) natural resource to be given its own legal identity, with the rights, duties and liabilities of a legal person. The Whanganui Treaty settlement brought the longest-running litigation in New Zealand history to an end.[2][3]

Whanganui River
The Whanganui River. Mount Ruapehu can partly be seen at the top right of the scene.
The Whanganui River system
Native nameWhanganui  (Māori)
Location
CountryNew Zealand
RegionManawatū-Whanganui
Towns and citiesTaumarunui, Whanganui
Physical characteristics
SourceMount Tongariro
MouthTasman Sea
  coordinates
39°56.89′S 174°59.22′E
  elevation
Sea level
Length290 km (180 mi)
Basin size7,380 km2 (2,850 sq mi)
Discharge 
  average219 m3/s (7,700 cu ft/s)[1]
Basin features
Tributaries 
  leftWhakapapa River, Retaruke River, Manganui o te Ao River
  rightPungapunga River, Ongarue River, Ohura River, Tangarakau River, Whangamōmona River