links on this page are to graphs of rainfall, water levels and river
flows on Environment Canterbury and hydro-electric power company
Lake spills warning: 9th Jan 2009
Waitaki River users are being warned to prepare
for a sudden rise in water levels.
Environment Canterbury was yesterday advising
people who would be around the Waitaki
River this weekend (10-11 January) to be ready for an increase
in water levels, up to double, if Meridian Energy is forced to spill
...further spilling could result in an increase
of the flow in the lower Waitaki by up to 850 cubic metres per second.
Currently the Waitaki River at Kurow is flowing at 460 cumecs....While
the river can handle flows of this nature, Mr Henderson said there
could be danger for people fishing around the river mouth...
...splliing is also likely to continue from lakes
Pukaki and Tekapo.
Waitaki Lakes Recreational Information
The Waitaki Lakes Recreational Information pamphlet
includes sections on the lakes, safe boat navigation, camping, hydro
power station statistics, wildlife and plants, local walks, and
important contact information.
Download the pamphlet in pdf format at the Environment
Weather forecasts and observations
up-to-date information on flooding, river flows and rainfall
from Environment Canterbury either:
- call the River
Report on 0900 74837 (RIVER). There is a charge 0f 50
cents per minute (plus GST).
- or find out how to get information
from Meridian Energy showing current
lake levels for:
- Lake Tekapo
- Lake Pukaki
- Lake Ohau
- Lake Benmore
- Lake Aviemore
- Lake Waitaki
Fish & Game reports