Part of the Upper Waitaki River catchment, the 25km Tasman River is an outflow of the Tasman, Murchison, Hooker and Mueller Glaciers in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.
It is included here as a separate page because significant conservation activities are being undertaken in this conservation land, as part of Project River Recovery.
Important Bird Areas on Tasman River: links to 6-page PDF file that includes maps, habitat types, and threats relevant to this river. This document was extracted from Forest & Bird’s 177-page 20Mb file on all rivers, lakes, and coastal areas.
Water from the Hooker Glacier feeds into the Tasman River from the western side of Aoraki Mt Cook (centre background)
- Project River Recovery and the Kakī Recovery Group are working together to test a catchment-wide predator trapping regime in the Tasman River. This project involves a range of predator control and monitoring techniques.
- Tasman predator control project
- Localised predator trapping regime to protect black-fronted tern colonies
- The breeding success of several braided river birds – wrybill, banded dotterel and black-fronted tern – is being monitored over five years to assess whether this level of predator control is helping these birds.
Tasman Glacier (foreground – darker areas are moraine over the ice) on the eastern side of Aoraki Mt Cook (right), and Tasman River (centre back)