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Te Waihou Walkway

Leslie Road, Bay of Plenty New Zealand

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Free to Visit
Open Now
Sat 12a-11:59p
  • Not Wheelchair
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  • Public
    Restrooms
  • No Wifi
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“The Blue Spring at Te Waihou Walkway is internationally acclaimed with water so pure it supplies around 60% of New Zealand’s bottled water.”

Choose from the two entrances - Whites Road, 1 hr 30 min one way – 3 hr return when walking from the Whites Road carpark or the much shorter option is from the Leslie Road carpark.

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 forestry heritage with the carved Talking Poles and NZ Timber Museum.

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February 12, 2019
Rated 5.0

Just go and see for yourself! One of the most magical places I have seen

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Te Waihou Walkway

Leslie Road
Bay of Plenty
New Zealand

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  • Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
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  • No Wifi
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