Riwaka

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Riwaka
Riwaka's location within New Zealand
Coordinates: 41°5′S173°0′E / 41.083°S 173.000°E / -41.083; 173.000 Coordinates: 41°5′S173°0′E / 41.083°S 173.000°E / -41.083; 173.000
CountryFlag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
Population (2006)
  Total 549
Time zone NZST (UTC+12)
  Summer (DST) NZDT (UTC+13)
Area code 03

Riwaka is a small town in the north of New Zealand's South Island. It lies beside Tasman Bay, five kilometres north of Motueka, and close to the mouth of the Riuwaka River. As of 2006 it had a population of 549 people. [1]

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References

  1. "Riwaka". Tasman.govt.nz. Retrieved 14 July 2015.