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Blue Spring, Putaruru – Waikato

Blue Spring Putararu, Waikato - New Zealand

Blue Spring, Putaruru, New Zealand

The Blue Spring (or Blue Springs), Putaruru – Waikato, New Zealand, is a beautiful place to experience some of New Zealand’s clearest water. It is located 5km North of Putaruru. It is only a short 13km stroll to the Mamaku Plateau, the water feeding the Spring is from the Mamaku Plateau.

Interesting fact: It takes the water 50 to 100 years to reach the Blue Spring.

The Te Waihou walkway and Blue Spring are closed.

This also includes the Te Waihou Walkway, which will close to the public. From this date onwards, there will be NO ACCESS to the Springs. I have spoken to the local council, who confirmed this. The Blue Springs will be reopened in November 2024.

Make sure you visit the Blue Spring, Putaruru, at Te Waihou Walkway; We did and loved the tranquillity of the walk to the springs. It is a beautiful walk through the Waikato countryside alongside the river to the springs.

You will be surprised how clear the water is. The water is internationally acclaimed pure water that supplies around 60% of New Zealand’s bottled water.

How long is the walk to the springs?

A track runs alongside the Waihou River, through wetlands, and across rolling pastoral land. There are views of small waterfalls, native bush, and the famous Blue Spring, with glimpses of trout along the way.

The Springs 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, accessed from Leslie Road.

The water is so pure and clean that it produces a beautiful blue colour while being virtually clear.

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

The Te Waihou Walkway and Blue Spring are located in South Waikato near Putaruru.

There is 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 fly fishing in the local waterways.

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

The Te Waihou Walkway and Spring location map.

Blue Spring Map

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