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Waikato River is the longest river in New Zealand. It is flowing for 425 kilometers via the North Island. It stands in the eastern slopes of Mount Ruapehu. It is connecting the Tongariro River system and emptying into Lake Taupo being called New Zealand’s largest lake. It drains Taupo at the lake’s northeastern edge, creating the Huka Falls, after that it flows northwest via the Waikato Plains. It empties into the Tasman Sea south of Auckland, at Port Waikato. Thus, it provides its name to the Waikato Region that surrounds the Waikato Plains.
Waikato River was largely formed about 17,000 years ago. It was created this river due to many factors such as climate warming, forest being rebuilt in the river headwaters and the deepening. It was rather than widening caused the existing river channel. That is, the channel was gradually eroded as far up river as Pairere, keeping the old Hinuera channel high and dry. So, the existed old river path can be clearly seen at Hinuera. This might be the cliffs mark the ancient river edges.