NewZealand is well known for its green landscapes, blue waters and as an overall for its natural beauty. I believe that wherever you are you will see at least one these things, if not all three. Blue Springs, a place that has been on the list of must do’s for a while encapsulated each and every aspect to the fullest.
Adventure days always start in a fairly normal fashion with gym gear being the preference (for highly clumsy individuals like myself, it’s a safe choice). This turned out to be helpful as it was typical Spring weather where we experienced all four seasons in one day. It started off overcast on the drive from Tauranga, which estimates to be about thirty minutes over the Kaimai’s and on it’s own has some nice landscapes with a lookout to view never ending farmland.
Located at Te Waihou Walkway in South Waikato near Putaruru with the Springs winding through rolling green hills. The walk can be short or long, depending on what you feel like doing on the day. Deciding to make it a short one we went via Leslie Road, however if you’re looking to be more adventurous make sure you access via Whites Road. Either way you’ll be lead to the main opening where you’ll be able to look around and appreciate the scenery!
Once out of the car, a gravel path took us slightly uphill leading to the first view of the Springs. From this angle the stream curved from left to right, disappearing around a bend. Passing seating and table areas instantly made us regret not bringing a picnic along but with each step the view got better, eventuating to unmistakingly clear water where the banks, rocks and riverbed are framed in beautiful green and blue hues.
As the weather cleared we sat and appreciated the view while continuing to wander and explore the surrounding areas as others did the same. The day quickly turned sour with the weather making a full 180 so we took this as a sign to walk (for some of us piggy back) back the way we came. Luckily the rain held off for a short time allowing us to see a man-made trail. It lead through the grass up one of the hills to higher ground giving us a different perspective of the stream. After a couple of minutes and admiring the last look of the Springs, we made the brief trip back the way we came.
Considering this place not only features a pretty decent vista but is a source for water that has taken up to 100 years to filter through from the Mamaku Plateau, I think it’s safe to say that it’s one of New Zealands purest gems. So, if you are looking for a day out that doesn’t require a lot of effort and is decent to look at, the Springs is definitely a great option.
* Please note: The Blue Springs are now strictly for looking only. They are no longer swimmable due to the damage of the riverbed and banks.
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