a river in central North Island, New Zealand, flowing NW to the Tasman Sea: longest river in New Zealand. 264 miles (425 km) long.
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Waikato (ˈwaɪˌkɑːtəʊ)
the longest river in New Zealand, flowing northwest across North Island to the Tasman Sea. Length: 350 km (220 miles)

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regional council, northern North Island, New Zealand. It includes the mountainous Coromandel Peninsula and adjacent Hauraki Plains in the northeast; the fertile Waikato River valley in the northwest; the hills, limestone crags, and canyons of King Country in the southwest; and much of the island's rugged central volcanic plateau and Lake Taupo, the country's largest lake, in the southeast. The region is bordered by the Tasman Sea on the west and by the South Pacific Ocean on the east

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