Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs), South Island

(4.8/5 based on 120+ 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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  • The entranceway (in the style of a wharenui) with all the info about the springs and their cultural and historical significance is great. Then you start walking and you pass over the river and some tr...  more »
  • Situated in the Golden Bay area, and just a few minutes out of Takaka en route for Collingwood, lies this delightful little oasis of tranquillity. Like every tourist attraction in New Zealand, it was ...  more »
  • A few kilometers from Takaka arise these sources into a quiet and placid pond. Are the clearest sources in the world and much visited. A path of 20/30 minutes around the Lake allows you to visit all the area now Park. All well marked and many information boards at the entrance of the trail. In kiwi land you do things seriously. Nice story, once the gold was mined here.
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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.