The Pakowhai River is a river of the Wairarapa, in the Wellington Region of New Zealand's North Island. It flows initially north then east from its sources northeast of Masterton, reaching the Mataikona River 10 kilometres from the coast of the Pacific Ocean. "Place Name Detail: Pakowhai River". New Zealand Geographic Placenames Database. Land Information New Zealand. http://www.linz.govt.nz/placenames/find-names/topographic-names-db/database/index.aspx?p=. Retrieved 12 July 2009.