New Zealand Walk: The Blue Spring at Te Wai­hou Walk­way

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The Blue Spring at Te Wai­hou Walk­way is in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed with water so pure it sup­plies around 70% of New Zealand’s bot­tled water.

The spring is fed from the Ma­maku Plateau where the water takes up to 100 years to fil­ter through; the re­sult­ing water is so pure and clean that it pro­duces a beau­ti­ful blue colour while be­ing vir­tu­ally clear.

The walk to the springs fol­lows a track along­side the Wai­hou River, through wet­lands, across rolling pas­toral land and fea­tures views of small wa­ter­falls, na­tive bush and the fa­mous

Blue Spring with glimpses of trout along the way.

Water from the Blue Spring flows at a rate of 42 cu­bic me­tres per minute and could fill a 6 lane (25 me­tre) swim­ming pool in around 12 min­utes. The water tem­per­a­ture is a con­stant 11 de­grees cel­sius through­out the year.

The Blue Spring walk takes about one and a half hours each way, start­ing from Whites Road (State High­way 28), near Pu­taruru. There is also a shorter walk, 15 min­utes each way, to the Blue Spring, ac­cessed from nearby Les­lie Road.

The Te Wai­hou Walk­way and Blue Spring is lo­cated in South Waikato near Pu­taruru. With plenty to see and do in the South Waikato area you can eas­ily make a day of it. En­joy some lo­cal cheese at Over the Moon Dairy Com­pany, take your bike and try out the Waikato River Trails, or do a spot of fly fish­ing in one of the many great wa­ter­ways in the area.

Bou­tique gal­leries and gift stores are plen­ti­ful in Ti­rau while Toko­roa, a lit­tle fur­ther south, cel­e­brates its for- es­try her­itage with the carved Talk­ing Poles and NZ Tim­ber Mu­seum.

Above: The swirling wa­ters of the Blue Spring. Op­po­site page above: A pic­nic area. Be­low: Time to sit and re­flect.

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