Topic: Heathcote River, Christchurch

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The Heathcote / Ōpāwaho River flows from the south-west of Christchurch to the Ihutai / Avon-Heathcote Estuary.

Starting from springs near Templeton's Road the Heathcote / Ōpāwaho  River flows from the south-west of Christchurch around the base of Christchurch's Port Hills to the Avon-Heathcote / Ihutai  Estuary.

The river flows through the suburbs of Hoon Hay and Spreydon, then it meets the Cashmere Stream before flowing through Cashmere, Beckenham, St Martins, Opawa and Woolston where it then drains into the Avon-Heathcote / Ihutai Estuary at Ferrymead. 

The Heathcote / Ōpāwaho  river receives its water from springheads connected to confined aquifers (located mostly in Halswell, Oaklands, Wigram and Hillmorton), and rainwater running off the surface of the land into tributaries.

Prior to European settlement the river was an important mahinga kai, a source of plentiful food, especially tuere (blind eel) and kanakana (lamprey).



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Heathcote River, Christchurch