Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs), South Island

4.8
#32 of 82 in Nature in South Island
Water Body Landmark
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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  • On the edge of the town of takaka in the South Island. I went in a rental car. Clean River flows beside the tracks and arrive to the beautiful fountain in main. Highly transparent, blue and beautiful. It is a beautiful water springs Gush and while looking at the sore. However, many tourists. Beautiful, but people come thick and fast, so may be too restless. I think that place is worth going is still 1.
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  • The Springs are stunning, the water is crystal clear. Good parking, and easy 1km walk return to the springs. A tame weka came out while we were looking at the main Spring seemed to be looking for food...  more »
  • Really beautiful 1km walk through luscious trees and plants. Well maintained paths and boardwalks, strangely seem to go more down with just a shirt up at the end. The clarity was amazing , unfortunate...  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.

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