Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs), South Island

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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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  • Never seen a so clear natural pools. Especially in contrast with the living water plants a great photo opportunity. This includes very few visitors and no entrance fee. The rising water levels are really impressive. A highlight of our trip.
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  • It is a pretty great place, really, I would not say that it should make a detour, but I loved the corner. After, if you go there, I advice to stop, the path is very easy, even for the elderly, or crutches, or children. If it rains, it'll be as pretty, it takes the Sun to really realize the beauty of the 'depth' of this sacred river... "Be peaceful in this sacred place" "If knowledge and love are lost, a community is lost forever"
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  • Crystal clear water but unfortunately the tap was not in used, so we couldn’t taste the water. It was a short walk, 20 minutes to finish the entire route. Highly recommended!  more »
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  • Loved the walk. An easy tramp probably only 25min round trip. Mostly flat and very well maintained.... Keep an eye out for little side tracks to the river to find some random natural settings like the one in my pic here... Beautiful clean water... There was a trout circling in the main pools when we were enjoying the outlook.
  • From the car park there is a short loop walk (left at fork) that takes you through the woods and over a couple of bridges before getting to the stream. Recommended. But if time is short, then take the right fork and this goes straight down to the springs and misses out the loop walk.
  • If you are in the area it is worth a stop, but not worth a trip on its own. Perfect for all ages as it is very easy walking with well formed paths and boardwalks. Short walk as well. Te Waihou in the central north island is a nicer walk in my opinion.
  • Beautiful spring. Didn't get to see well due to heavy rain but worth the visit. Such an amazing place
  • Do the walk if it’s a nice day, flat and well built, Right to skip the walk at fork. Toilets at site seemed well kept.
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