The Blue Springs just don’t seem real. The clear aqua water is more associated with the tropical islands than little old NZ. It comes as no surprise that the Blue Spring supplied around 70% of New Zealand’s bottled water.
The Blue Spring is located near Putaruru in the middle of the Waikato. Whilst a far drive from Auckland, it is a perfect stop on your way to Rotorua, Taupo, or Gisborne. We stopped here on our way to Rotorua.
This place was once a secret. These days it has become a popular spot and features heavily on Instagram or The Urban List.
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.
Because of environmental damage to the area, as of 2016 swimming is prohibited at the Blue Springs
The Te Waihou Walkway to the springs follows a track alongside the Waihou River, across rolling pastoral land and features views of small waterfalls, native bush and the famous Blue Spring with glimpses of trout along the way.
From the carpark, it takes around 5 minutes to catch your first glimpse of the blue springs, with the walk taking approximately 25 minutes.
The walk is flat and is accessible for everyone.