Water Restrictions and Whanganui River and Makotuku River Flow Graphs

3 May 2019


During the Autumn and Winter months, for up to date river flow graphs, select the following link:


Search for the Whanganui River recorder at Te Maire or the Makotuku River recorder at SH49. 

Please continue to help look after our rivers and their ecosystems by saving water at home. Incorporating small changes into our everyday lives can make a big difference.

For helpful tips on conserving water around the home – check out the Saving Water brochure for some great, easy to do tips.​
























If you would like up-to-date information on river flows you can go to the following websites for the latest online monitoring data:


​Makotuku River

(Makotuku @ SH 49A Bridge Recorder)

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research


The correct graph is '33117 - Makotuku River at SH49A bridge'.
Select 'Interval' then select 'Custom'.  Select 'date range' by clicking on the calendar icon.  Select 7 days.


​Whanganui River

(Whanganui at Te Maire Recorder)

Genesis Energy NZ

Under current resource consent conditions these are the official flow recorders which manage abstraction for all of the Ruapehu District.

Water restrictions are notified to the Northern communities (Owhango, Taumarunui and National Park) by Ruapehu District Council when the Whanganui River at Te Maire approaches the minimum flow threshold of 29m3/second.

Water restrictions are notified to the Southern communities (Ohakune and Raetihi) by Ruapehu District Council when the Makotuku River  at SH 49A Bridge approaches the minimum flow threshold of 115 litres/second. 

Page reviewed: 03 May 2019 1:51pm