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This long weekend I took the opportunity to tick the Blue Spring – Te Waihou Walkway off my bucket list. Nestled away on the outskirts of rural Putaruru this was once a local best kept secret that is now a tourist hotspot! Admittedly, I did choose a public holiday to do the Blue Spring walk and on any other day it may not be as busy.
Getting to the Blue Spring was easy, google maps got us so far and then we ended up just following the signs to the main carpark which was down a windy gravel road. Spaces were extremely limited so we don’t recommend you take your large campers down! From the carpark, it is only a fifteen-minute walk to the main Blue Spring area. Here you’ll find toilets, changing facilities, picnic tables and benches making this the perfect family friendly spot!The water here is a stunning shade of blue, I can honestly say I have never seen water so pure and clear. 70% of New Zealand’s bottled water is sourced from the area. The spring is fed from the Mamaku Plateau which can take up to 100 years to filter fully through! We spent very little time at this spot, it was a tad too busy for us but we did make sure to dip in our toes in the eleven degrees’ Celsius water, climb to the lookout and spend time taking in the breath-taking views. Children and families could be seen all around enjoying swimming, exploring and jumping from the rock plateaus.
Continuing on the walk we noticed a dramatic drop in the amount of people around, the walk consisted of a mixture of well-kept paths, board walks and steps making the Blue Spring Te Waihou Walkway one of the best maintained I have been on here in New Zealand and one that is easily accessible for most ages. The path follows the Waihou River through wetlands, across farmland and by a stunning fast flowing waterfall.We chose to do the loop track, this seemed like a good choice for us as it was estimated at around two hours and would ensure we ended up right back where we started. Maps along the walk will help you choose which path is best for you, and if you’re really wanting to make a day out of the Blue Spring we recommend you visit the Hamilton & Waikato website here to find out about all of the routes you can take!
The Blue Spring Te Waihou Walkway is definitely something you have to tick off your list! Let us know if you’ve been on this walk and which path you chose, we love to find out how our customers and readers spend their free time!