Pure NZ at it’s best: Te Waihou Blue Springs
Purity at its best, the serene Blue Springs of Te Waihou. Marvel at the calm, intense blue hue of the water against the vibrant green landscape that surrounds. Tranquil and inviting, this spring takes up to 100 years to filter through from the Mamaku Plateau in New Zealand.
This crystal clear spring supplies around 70 percent of New Zealand’s bottled water and stuns visitors to South Waikato. Located near Putaruru, the 194 kilometer trip from Auckland takes about two hours and fifty minutes. Leaving from Taupo would require a little over an hour and Rotorua only 45 minutes. In any case, it is worth the drive.
The scenic view can be reached off of Leslie Road in about 15 minutes. However, the main walkway to Blue Springs winds and weaves for one hour and thirty minutes each way. Easy walking, steep climbs, stiles, steps and boardwalks are all part of the walk. Magnificent views of waterfalls, pastoral land, wetlands, native bush and trout delight along the way.
While you’re here, take some extra time and explore the South Waikato area. Enjoying fly fishing in area waterways can fill a day or more for the avid fisherman. Exploring the Waikato River Trails on foot or by bike caters to different fitness levels and offers breathtaking scenery and views of some of New Zealand’s earliest hydro dams.
Partaking of local fare at the Over the Moon Dairy Company or the New Zealand Cheese School can fill yet another day. The school offers a hands-on experience and a variety of cheeses to please the palate, all under the expertise of a master cheese-maker.
Boutique galleries and gift stores in nearby Tirau provide yet more options. And, carved Talking Poles and the New Zealand Timber Museum entertain just a jaunt south in Tokoroa. You may just decide to make a week of it.
The rushing water of the Blue Springs flows at 42 cubic meters per minute though the sight of it makes you feel anything but hurried. Time for a dip in the constant 11 degree Celsius liquid is reserved for the brave. Though, a hot, sunny day increases the courage to swim.
In fact, according to visitors, a sun-filled day is the best for viewing the Springs. And, a water bottle proves a requirement as you cannot leave without a taste of this liquid crystal. A refreshing, re-energising experience for body, mind and soul, Te Waihou Blue Springs is just what you need.