The Taieri River is the fourth longest river in New Zealand, and is located in Otago in the country's South Island. Rising in the Lammerlaw ranges, it initially flows north, then east around the Rock and Pillar range before turning southeast, reaching the sea 30 km south of Dunedin.
The upper reaches of the river pass through a broad glacial valley known as the Strath-Taieri, surrounded by rugged hill ranges. Beyond this, it flows through the steep-sided Taieri Gorge. In its lower reaches, there is a broad flood plain (the Taieri Plains) containing much of Otago's most fertile farmland, before it flows through the lower Taieri Gorge to the Pacific Ocean at Taieri Mouth.
The length of the river is 200 km, of which the last 20 km are navigable. Towns along the river include Middlemarch, Outram, Mosgiel, Henley and Taieri Mouth. Its major tributory is the Waipori River, which meets the Taieri near Henley on the Taieri Plains.
The name Taieri is thought to come from the Maori word taiari meaning "spring tide".
It's history is both the history of the Otago Central Railway and of the Otago Excursion Train Trust, which ran it's first excursion train on the railway in 1979 and became so succesful that they bought 60 kms of the railway when it closed in 1990, forming todays company and its operations.
In 1995 the close relationship between the City of Dunedin and the Otago Excursion Train Trust was cemented with the formation of the Taieri Gorge Railway Limited, a Local Authority Trading Enterprise jointly owned by the City and the Trust, which now operates the Taieri Gorge Railway with assistance of the Trust's volunteer members.
In 1993 the remaining 150 km of the "rail corridor" from Middlemarch to Clyde was handed over to the Department of Conservation to form The Otago Central Rail Trail.
The TaieriRiver is the fourth-longest river in New Zealand, and is located in Otago in the country's South Island.
In its lower reaches, there is a broad floodplain (the Taieri Plains) containing much of Otago's most fertile farmland, before it flows through the lower Taieri Gorge to the Pacific Ocean at Taieri Mouth.
Taieri Island lies in the Pacific Ocean several hundred metres from the mouth of the river.
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