Rakaia River photo voted top satellite image

21:35, Jan 12 2012
Rakaia River
TREASURE: The winning satellite photo of Canterbury's Rakaia River.

An image of the braided Rakaia River in Canterbury has won an online vote for satellite imaging firm DigitalGlobe's best satellite image of 2011.

The company encouraged users to vote on its favourite 20 images from last year. Among others were Ground Zero in New York, Palm Island in Dubai, and the space shuttle Atlantis on the ground.

The river rises in the Southern Alps and runs east or southeast for 150km before entering the Pacific Ocean 50km south of Christchurch.