Te Waihou, a river out of a fairy tale in New Zealand
Posted by Ra Moon
With a tropical look thanks to the exuberant vegetation, a dazzling display of colours, and a crystal clear water purified after over 100 years travelling underground, Te Waihou river is another hidden gem that most tourists pass by without exploring.
Te Waihou Walkway & the Blue Spring are located near Putaruru, going northwest from the rotten valley of Roturua, famous for being a stinky geothermal wonderland. You can find a map at the end of the post to help you to find this nice short walk, in the north island of glorious New Zealand:
The water flows from the Blue Spring, considered one of the country's best swimming holes. It stays at a chilling 11 degrees temperature all year. Image by Ugur Ozden
The walk to the springs follows a track alongside the river, through a picturesque and rural land.
This one and all images below, courtesy of Jude.
A great view of clear running water and New Zealand native cabbage trees.
This helicopter was filming for a TV ad.
The walk takes 90 minutes (one way) upstream from the car park.
In the upper stream, the water is extremely clear and pure, with an intense blue hue.
This source supplies around 70% of New Zealand’s bottled water.
The water comes from the Mamaku Ranges, a long trip of over 100 years.
During this long stay in aquifers, particles and light-absorbing matter are removed from the water, leaving it with a very high clarity and characteristic blue-green colour.
Bonus track: a sunset from South Waikato.
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