Pupu Hydro Walkway
Pupu Hydro Walkway
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therese
Christchurch, New Zealand1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
What a wonderful place to visit. Easy walk. No drinking water on site yet toilets are availble. Plenty of car parking space.
Written 18 February 2024
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Kevin P
Waihi Beach, New Zealand474 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Makes for a very nice walk through forest and history for 2h. Marvel at the steepness of the penstocks, how the dam just captures a part of the river thereby avoiding damage from rock avalanches down the canyon.
Written 17 January 2024
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Shellonsea
UK49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Walking up the water course was stunning. Lovely native forest and so lovely having clear fresh water coursing past. We have a 6 year old and he had a blast, but we did keep him between us and watch him carefully as the boardwalk is narrow and drops into either water or steep bank. Regardless would definitely recommend - it was so fun. If I did it again I’d go down and up the weir and not do Jim’s track. You can do a little side tour to the pump station at the bottom which is worth the 5 mins - there’s a room you can visit inside the station which is interesting.
Written 30 August 2023
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Jocelyn P
Christchurch, New Zealand103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
This walk is not for the faint hearted as there is a lot of walking alongside a swifly flowing hydro canal that sits on the side of a mountain. The bush that you pass through is beautiful though. A walking pole is useful particulalry after heavy rain.
Written 26 May 2023
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slimeycox
Albany, New Zealand8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
Fabulous walk , good native bush track up has been damaged but manageable up top on the weir is awesome and a gentle walk home with a couple of good lookouts, amazing to see and read stories about the hydro dam
Written 8 March 2023
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Heiko M
Canterbury Region, New Zealand84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Did the walk somewhat underprepared with family and a toddler. Still - great walk, Recommended, but make sure everybody has good walking shoes and the kids are kept save. Interesting walk (nature and history) and amazing views
Written 8 March 2023
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travelmadj9
New Zealand236 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
This is a track of two halves. I walked this clockwise and the first part was a steady climb up a wide shingled track. Easy walking as you climb up through the native bush with wekas darting out onto the track at times and a distant waterfall to spy. There's a short walk out to a viewpoint which gives lovely views over the bay.

At the top there's a weir and small but pretty waterfalls in the stream that were nice to photograh. The top section runs alongside the water-race, with some narrow sections suspended above the race which is unusual. Lots of picnic spots on the way, and you can look down along the penstocks to the powerhouse.

Then, the track down is a deeply rutted goat track with water running down it in places. You would want to be pretty steady on your feet to do this. It really needs a bit of maintenance.

The powerhouse with its observation window is worth a stop, and the information boards at the entrance make for interesting reading on how an area set up for extracting gold became the first power station in the area. The ceremony for turning on the first electric lights in Tataka must have been quite something for the locals at the time!
Written 3 March 2023
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Charlotte C
Toulouse155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
We loved our walk to the magic water and enjoyed sitting on the deck taking in its beauty. Easy walk along wooden track along the river through forest.
Written 15 December 2022
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Julie
Tauranga, New Zealand12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
This walk was so very interesting and scenic. We walked anti clockwise up the zig zag. The track is very rutted and could be differcult for some. On reaching the water race the walk was very pleasant and pretty. An easy stroll but being mindful of falling into the race which was moving swiftly in places. The 4x4 track was up hill to start with so we thought the way we came was best. We took at least 2 or more hrs to complete. Well worth the ups and downs of the track.
Written 19 October 2022
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Lorraine
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Amazing walk. Great man-made water duct and walkway and then great to be able to view the power house. Worth the walk in the wet!
Written 18 May 2022
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