Riverbed Alert - Waimakariri Regional Park

This message was posted at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday 11 January.

Heavy rain has been falling along the main divide over the last 48 hours, with lesser amounts also falling across much of the Canterbury foothills and plains. Similar rainfall intensities are predicted to continue through until tomorrow morning. This rain will cause the Waimakariri River to rise and flow above normal levels. The other alpine rivers (Rangitata, Rakaia, Hurunui and Waiau) and many foothill and lowland rivers (especially north of Timaru) will also be carrying higher than normal flows.

At this time, Environment Canterbury does not expect any rivers to rise to significant flood levels, or for there to be any ‘out of river’ flood problems. However, any recreationalists or contractors using riverbeds should remain wary of rising water levels.

This message will be updated if the situation changes significantly.

Updated river flow and rainfall information can be found here: