Story: West Coast region

Flooding in the Waimangaroa River

Flooding in the Waimangaroa River

Usually the Waimangaroa River, 17 kilometres north-east of Westport, is a placid stream (top). But after a few hours of heavy rain it becomes a raging torrent (bottom). Such dramatic changes are typical of West Coast rivers when there is heavy rain.

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Photographs by Stuart Henley (top); Simon Nathan (bottom)

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Simon Nathan, 'West Coast region - Climate and wildlife', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 December 2021)

Story by Simon Nathan, updated 1 Sep 2016