Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs), South Island

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Water Body Wildlife Area
Affectionately known by locals as the clearest spring water in the world, Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs) are as clear as they are impressive. With underwater clarity tests revealing visibility of up to 63 m (207 ft), these two springs provide a looking glass into the fascinating and colorful aquaculture below the surface. The smaller one is known as the "place of the dancing sands," referring to how the water pushes the white sand particles up from the spring floor, stirring them into motion. Walk around the springs on the wheelchair-accessible boardwalk, and keep in mind that contact with the water is strictly prohibited. Our Takaka holiday planner makes visiting Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs) and other Takaka attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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TripAdvisor
  • The springs are a short drive out of town (approx 10-15 minutes) and are a great short walk through native bush to the springs. The springs are the clearest in the world and it is a very peaceful plac...  more »
  • This is really magical. The largest fresh water spring on the southern hemisphere with the clearest and cleanest water ever tested on this planet! It is a holy place (for the Maori people), and there ...  more »
  • My partner and I arrived on a rainy afternoon after been given the tip to do the walk regardless of the weather. And I can say that yes it's worth the walk, even if it's raining. Of course we didn't g...  more »
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  • Nice 20min loop which will take you to the main pool. The water is extraordinarily clear.and you can see the moving sands at the bottom. No touching the water as the spring is sacred. Explanation boards and toilets on the car park. Worth the visit!
  • Beautiful and well maintained 20 minute walk, crystal-clear pool and amazing flora and fauna. Watch for the birds, they like watching you.
  • Definitely worth a visit. While the springs are lovely, it's also worth doing the loop walk through the forest.
  • Peaceful walk along raised paths through woods to a beautiful natural spring with the clearest water you have ever seen. Toilets and picnic area in the adjacent car park.
  • Beautiful clear water. Tranquil place very much worth the visit.