Rakaia, salmon river - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Rakaia

Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to Rakaia in the Video tab.

New Zealand’s longest bridge – almost 1.8 kilometres – spans the Rakaia River. A typical South Island braided river, the Rakaia was once a route for Māori heading to the West Coast in search of prized greenstone. Chinook salmon were released in the river in the early 1900s. New Zealand is the only place in the world where they have become established outside their native habitat.

Related web links:
Mid-Canterbury plains
The Rakaia River
Chinook salmon

Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides that follow major road trips in New Zealand. The stories cover the places you’ll pass along the way – their people, their history, their cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit http://www.mch.govt.nz/roadside/

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