It is a 75-km long river located in the region of Otago in the South Island of New Zealand. The Shotover River receives its unique name because of its speed and numerous rapids by the first European who settled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu in 1860. The river flows south from the Southern Alps, through canyons and mountains before it flows into the Kawarau River. Considered one of the most gold-bearing rivers in the world, gold mining was extremely popular in earlier days. Today, white water rafting and jet boating are popular activities undertaken on the river.