A river of New Zealand rising in central North Island and flowing about 425 km (265 mi) northwest to the Tasman Sea. It is the longest river in the country.
- The Waikato region is an easy drive south of Auckland and marks the place in the Shire where the hobbits lived.
- The river Waikato, which reaches the west coast not far from Manukau Harbour near Auckland, here leaves the lake.
- The upper Waikato enters the lake from the south near Tokaano, where there is another collection of springs, &c. The river forms several fine falls and rapids below the lake.
- The Waikato and Waihou flow N., the Rangitaiki N.E., and Mokau, Wanganui and Rangitikei W.
- From the mouth of the Waikato southward to about 25 m.