Water Races

Council provides two stock water races, the Moroa Race near Greytown and the Longwood Race near Featherston, which intake water from the Waiohine and Tauherenikau rivers respectively, to provide stock drinking water to surrounding farmland.

The Moroa Race is 240km long and services 8500ha of farmland. The Longwood Race is much shorter at 40km and services 1500ha of farmland.

Click here to view the Moroa Race service area
Click here to view the Longwood service area
Click here to view the flow rate information for the water races

Annual Water Race Cleaning

Each Summer, aquatic growth takes off and we need to get ahead of it. Please ensure that your water race is cleaned no later than 30 November 2023; this is to make sure that a satisfactory supply of water can be maintained to all properties over the summer months. 

There are a range of cleaning and maintenance companies who are able to do this work on your behalf, although we recommend owners do their own research on all potential contractors. Our preferred contractor is: 

Kelvin Pope (KCM Contracting Ltd) – 027 443 1209. 

New water race classifications 

To understand what classifications, and related rules, apply to water races on your property, visit the Greater Wellington Regional Council water race information here.

For advice and support around how to maintain your water race, contact us.


The Longwood and Moroa Water Race Bylaws are available to view here.

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