Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs), South Island

(4.8/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web)
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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  • This is simply the most stunning spot - unbelievable beauty! Water that is incredibly clear, i believe its the 2nd or 3rd best in the world for clarity. Watch the dancing sands in the water or the fan...  more »
  • Not too far off the main road and a natural wonder that you will not regret taking the time to see. Worth reading the info board to make the beautiful springs even more awe inspiring.  more »
  • Not very far from the city, easy access, well-appointed and it worth the visit. Sources are splendid and we only regret: not being able to touch! It is a sacred place for Maori and we understand why. Really, go ahead!
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  • Pretty clear blue pools where you see the Springwater rushing to the surface with quick well maintained path. Nice for a short stop.
  • It is simply marvelous and amazing to observe such amount of water coming out of springs! Kudos.
  • A true nature spectacular place. One of the most amazing places in NZ. Don't miss it!
  • Beautiful clear water and a nice 10 minute flat bush walk.
  • Worth the 5 min detour from the highway and subsequent 20 min round trip walk but suggest visiting in the afternoon so you get the best view. So clear I saw a cray scurrying about.