Copland River

Coordinates: 43°36′37″S 169°50′10″E / 43.61015°S 169.83610°E / -43.61015; 169.83610
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Copland River
The Copland River, as seen from the Copland Track
Route of the Copland River
Copland River is located in New Zealand
Copland River
Mouth of the Copland River
Copland River is located in South Island
Copland River
Copland River (South Island)
EtymologyLikely named after James Copland
CountryNew Zealand
regionWest Coast Region
DistrictWestland District
Protected areaWestland Tai Poutini National Park
Physical characteristics
SourceCopland Glacier
 • locationAroarokaehe Range
 • coordinates43°38′26″S 170°04′24″E / 43.64044°S 170.07334°E / -43.64044; 170.07334
 • elevation1,090 m (3,580 ft)
MouthKarangarua River
 • location
8 km (5.0 mi) south of Karangarua
 • coordinates
43°36′37″S 169°50′10″E / 43.61015°S 169.83610°E / -43.61015; 169.83610
 • elevation
55 m (180 ft)
Length24 km (15 mi)
Basin features
ProgressionKarangarua RiverCallery RiverKarangarua RiverTasman Sea
River systemKarangarua River
 • leftScott Creek, Therma Creek
 • rightStrauchon River, Ruera River, Architect Creek

The Copland River is a river on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. It flows for 20 kilometres (12 mi) from its headwaters in the Southern Alps / Kā Tiritiri o te Moana to its confluence with the Karangarua River.[1]

The headwaters of the Copland lie only 8 kilometres (5 mi) northwest of Aoraki / Mount Cook in a valley overlooked by the peaks of Mount Sefton and Mount La Perouse. A popular tramping track known as the Copland Track follows the river and leads to the Welcome Flat hot springs. The track leads onto the Copland Pass and the Copland Glacier.[2]

The river lies within the Westland Tai Poutini National Park.


  1. ^ Peter Dowling, ed. (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. Map 76. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8.
  2. ^ "Copland Track". New Zealand Department of Conservation. Retrieved 7 September 2009.