Te Waihou Walkway

Not far from Putaruru, the Te Waihou walkway leads to the Blue Spring, which supplies 70% of NZ’s bottled water.

42 cubic metres per minute of the clearest water I have ever seen bubbles up from underground after supposedly spending 100 years flowing from the Mamaku Plateau. Because there are almost no impurities, the water is a deep blue colour. It can be drunk without treatment and tastes great.

The walkway is very popular with tourists and rightly so, as follows this pretty river for almost 5 km through attractive farm land. We stopped to watch native trout in a big pool, which impressed a group of Chinese that we pointed them out to.

When we arrived at the spring itself, we jumped in for a swim even though the water is only 11 degrees. I tried to dive down to the bottom of the main inlet, but I suffered a painful brain freeze and had to abandon the attempt.

On the way back we collected a bag of water cress to enjoy with our lunch.

Next time you buy a bottle of water, perhaps it will be the bit we swam in!

One thought on “Te Waihou Walkway”

  1. What a lot of beautiful places you found.

    I have been wondering about the problems re water and weather when you got home!

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