The Clutha Mata-Au River is New Zealand's largest and most powerful river. It carves 338kms from the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean, traversing the golden semi-desert heartland of Central Otago.
The extraordinary qualities of the Clutha Mata-Au place it among the great rivers of the world. It consistently ranks as one of the world's swiftest high volume rivers. This, combined with its clear turquoise-tinted waters - the result of glacial and snow-melt filtering by upland lakes, firmly establish it as one of the rarest rivers in the world.
When we consider that this remarkable river is also famous for its spectacular riverscapes, unique conservation values, recreation, tourism, and its Maori, pioneer and gold-rush history, it becomes obvious that the Clutha Mata-Au River is a national treasure.
Unfortunately, the Clutha Mata-Au River is being quickly degraded by subdivision developments, reduced recreational access, loss of farmland and open spaces, habitat damage, invasive species, ever-increasing water extraction, and so on. The many serious issues facing the Clutha Mata-Au River corridor need to be addressed collectively and consistently from Lake Wanaka to the Pacific Ocean.
The mission of the Clutha Mata-Au River Parkway project is to protect and improve the natural, recreational, and cultural values of the Clutha Mata-Au River environment within the river corridor, from Lake Wanaka to the Pacific Ocean, by establishing a Clutha Mata-Au River Parkway, with an integrated Parkway body to safeguard the public interest with a long-term vision.
This site is for our many supporters, far and near, and for all the Clutha Mata-Au River towns and communities including Wanaka, Luggate, Cromwell, Clyde, Alexandra, Roxburgh, Miller's Flat, Beaumont and Balclutha. We are working to create New Zealand's largest river park, and we welcome your support and involvement.
"When we save a river, we save a major part of an ecosystem, and we save ourselves as well because of our dependence - physical, economic, spiritual; on the water and its community of life."
~ Tim Palmer, The Wild and Scenic Rivers of America