Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs), South Island

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#32 of 122 in Nature in South Island
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. Plan a trip to Takaka easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.
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  • October 2, 2017
    It's some years since we walked into the Pupu Springs. It's all be very nicely done up with a Maori introduction at the beginning.  more »
  • August 21, 2017
    this place has to be on your to do list. Such crystal clear water, streams pouring out from the spring, you can see water actively coming from the bottom. The walk is beautiful.  more »
  • August 21, 2017
    Pupu springs is a short walk along a well-maintained track. The springs are beautiful and well worth a visit. The information boards near the carpark are very good. The drive from Takaka to Pupu Sprin...  more »
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  • June 25, 2017
    From the entrance at the car park you are looking at a 20 min trip. Nice laid out flat path in a loop. You emerge from the trees to see the large pond that has its surface dancing with water. Some of the cleanest water that I have seen. Make sure you stop at the little platform around the corner and watch the dancing sands. Clean toilet on site.
  • September 24, 2017
    Fantastic little walk around such clear springs
  • August 13, 2017
    Yet another top pick must do on any holiday trip
  • January 28, 2017
    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!
  • June 23, 2017
    Easy to walk. Amazing clear water that is rarely seen elsewhere.

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