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  • Ace_Traveller_NZ
    Auckland, New Zealand239 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden Gem in the Middle of the North Island
    Firstly, if you are contemplating driving to this place, it is a long drive from Auckland - close to the time it would take to drive to Taupo. Arriving on Leslie Road, there are a number of parks by the side of the road. However, on a busy day, these fill up. A short track (around 800m) leads to a bridge that gives you a very good view of the river. The water is unusually clear, so clear that you could see all the way to the bottom. Swimming is not allowed (due to ecological reasons). As an added bonus, there is a nice plantation of coastal redwoods (Sequoia) on the southern bank. The track then continues more or less along the course of the Waihou river. Is it worth there purely for the springs - probably not. But if you are in the area, I would highly recommend it.
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 August 2023
  • Jane C
    185 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sapphire waters
    Absolutley gorgeous. Although the short walk was closed because of track damage, the longer walk was still worth doing to see this gorgeous place. Photos cannot do it justice. The walk along the steams and farmland a beautiful on their own but the sapphire blue of the waters near the spring are to be seen to be believed. This is a much busier walk than I imagined and the car park was overflowing. No swimming at the spring but there is an area near the car park where it is allowed and would probably be appreciated at certain times of the year after a long walk.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 24 August 2023
  • Trail586825
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Even if you can't do the full walk due to time, just do the start
    We had hoped to do the shorter walk version but this was closed ( with a council worker at the alternative entrance road turning people back. But the full walk was well worth it. Even if you can only walk a km of it, it is beautiful and well worth the time. It took us 3.25hrs return including a lengthy stop for a snack at the end point. Very easy track, mostly flat and well maintained. Occasional muddy patches. A few basic toilets enroute. The water is spectacular.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 September 2023
  • Stephen N
    Hong Kong, China356 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A gem in Pularuru aread
    It is a gem in the area of Putaruru. Just 30-45 mins walk from the car park. The water here is crystal clear and the plants are green, it's not crowded as here's not the major tourist site and may not too famous. Strongly recommend.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 December 2023
  • Jhoweeh's World
    New Zealand83 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    UOW campus hike at Blue Spring
    Just got back from church when I received a call that there’s a slot for me to join the campus hike at Blue Spring for free. I just grabbed my bag, water bottle, and some granola bars, and hurried to the school van parked just outside my dorm.😅 Twas such a lovely surprise. I’m just in awe of how beautiful this country is.🥰 🥾: 2 to 3hrs 10km Blue Spring supplies around 70 per cent of NZ’s bottled water.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 December 2023
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Jhoweeh's World
New Zealand83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
Just got back from church when I received a call that there’s a slot for me to join the campus hike at Blue Spring for free. I just grabbed my bag, water bottle, and some granola bars, and hurried to the school van parked just outside my dorm.😅
Twas such a lovely surprise.
I’m just in awe of how beautiful this country is.🥰

🥾: 2 to 3hrs 10km
Blue Spring supplies around 70 per cent of NZ’s bottled water.
Written 22 December 2023
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Stephen N
Hong Kong, China356 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
It is a gem in the area of Putaruru. Just 30-45 mins walk from the car park. The water here is crystal clear and the plants are green, it's not crowded as here's not the major tourist site and may not too famous. Strongly recommend.
Written 18 December 2023
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Trail586825
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
We had hoped to do the shorter walk version but this was closed ( with a council worker at the alternative entrance road turning people back. But the full walk was well worth it. Even if you can only walk a km of it, it is beautiful and well worth the time. It took us 3.25hrs return including a lengthy stop for a snack at the end point. Very easy track, mostly flat and well maintained. Occasional muddy patches. A few basic toilets enroute. The water is spectacular.
Written 1 September 2023
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Jane C
australia185 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Absolutley gorgeous. Although the short walk was closed because of track damage, the longer walk was still worth doing to see this gorgeous place. Photos cannot do it justice. The walk along the steams and farmland a beautiful on their own but the sapphire blue of the waters near the spring are to be seen to be believed. This is a much busier walk than I imagined and the car park was overflowing. No swimming at the spring but there is an area near the car park where it is allowed and would probably be appreciated at certain times of the year after a long walk.
Written 24 August 2023
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Ace_Traveller_NZ
Auckland, New Zealand239 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
Firstly, if you are contemplating driving to this place, it is a long drive from Auckland - close to the time it would take to drive to Taupo. Arriving on Leslie Road, there are a number of parks by the side of the road. However, on a busy day, these fill up.

A short track (around 800m) leads to a bridge that gives you a very good view of the river. The water is unusually clear, so clear that you could see all the way to the bottom. Swimming is not allowed (due to ecological reasons). As an added bonus, there is a nice plantation of coastal redwoods (Sequoia) on the southern bank. The track then continues more or less along the course of the Waihou river.

Is it worth there purely for the springs - probably not. But if you are in the area, I would highly recommend it.
Written 22 August 2023
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FamilyFirst_12
Chicago, IL70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
A highlight of our trip but wished we could have stayed longer. It was absolutely stunning to see and not too far of a walk to get your first view. What was troubling was all the signs of it being a high theft area and since we had our belongings in our car we were not comfortable staying long and walking the path. We were in between stays so we had to choice but to have our belongings with us. I wish we could have stayed longer but appreciated the warnings. This was such a beautiful area I would have loved to stay longer. Don't miss this!
Written 24 March 2023
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Serajis
Rotorua, New Zealand89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
A very easy and pleasant walk, especially with young foamily. Nicely maintained and scenic set up. The walkway through the spring is very scenic.
Written 19 March 2023
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Carol S
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
We started from Leslie Rd carpark so a short walk to the springs. It was magical. We walked about an hour along the track and then turned back. It is a peaceful, pleasant walk with a few picnic benches along the way. It is an easy walk an very picturesque.
Written 7 March 2023
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Gags
85 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
Beautiful walk, two hours away from Auckland, enter through Te waihou walkway here you find good parking and information area for the walk, very clear water and tree vistas making it stunning, check video on you tube exploring with gags channel
Written 26 February 2023
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Patricia C
Houston, TX115 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Blue Spring is lovely, but it realy depends on the weather if you want to catch this attraction at its best. Cloudy weather makes the water look muddy rather than the deep blue you are hoping to see. Bright sunlight can also wash out the color. So, a sunny day that's not "too" sunny is the best - a bit of long shot. In addition, be aware that there are several parking lots, and all of them may be full as this attraction was crowded with families and children. Parking lots in NZ often have only 20 spaces or less, so be patient with looking for a place to put your car. Still... the spring is lovely and definitely worth a trip.
Written 16 January 2023
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