Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs), South Island

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#33 of 121 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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  • very easy loop walk to the pupu spring platform; view the spring vents billowing up in its natural pristine blue colour; felt like jumping in for a clean dip ;-p  more »
  • Saw it on our road map as the 'world's largest freshwater springs' so thought we'd check it out. What a sight to behold! I've never seen water as crystal clear as this. It was as if it was from a movi...  more »
  • Another one of my go to places when I head back to Golden bay. Being near this water brings an immense amount of calm. The purity of the springs are surreal. The constant sound of the running water sl...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Fantastic little walk around such clear springs
  • Yet another top pick must do on any holiday trip
  • 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!
  • Easy to walk. Amazing clear water that is rarely seen elsewhere.

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