Hope River (Canterbury)

For other rivers by this name, see Hope River.
Hope River
Country New Zealand
River mouth Waiau River

The Hope River in Canterbury is one of three rivers by that name in the South Island of New Zealand. It is a tributary of the Waiau River. The Hope River rises at the Hope Pass in the Southern Alps, which is the main divide for the South Island.[1] The river runs northeast through Lake Sumner Forest Park then south until it turns east along a large valley formed by the Hope Fault, a significant tectonic fault line.[2] It is joined by a major tributary, the Boyle River which flows south from the Lewis Pass some 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) above its confluence with the Waiau. The Waiau enters from a side valley and continues eastward along the Hope Fault's valley before turning south through a gorge near Hanmer Springs.

A walking track follows the river and there are several huts managed by the Department of Conservation.


  1. Wises New Zealand Guide, 7th Edition, 1979
  2. "Waiau River, Canterbury". Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand. 1966.

Coordinates: 42°35′36.72″S 172°32′55.92″E / 42.5935333°S 172.5488667°E / -42.5935333; 172.5488667

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