Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs), South Island

4.7
#29 of 132 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 South Island easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.
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  • Pupu Springs are just off the dead end road to Golden Bay and are well worth a visit. A Maori treasure, the springs are reputedly the clearest in Australasia and are certainly very pure. A feature is ...  more »
  • This sacred Maori site is located on the way between Takaka and the beautiful Wharariki Beach. If you are in this area, you should definitely look at this source. The colors in this water are incredibly beautiful and you can't believe that this water is so clear. When you see the source, you understand why it's Tapu with the Maoris and why you can't swim in it anymore. The walk is not long and ground."
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  • 'Pupu Springs' has changed, there are board walks and easy tracks to the dancing sands and main springs. There is a deck with railing so you cannot touch the waters, no swimming or diving allowed in an effort to protect the springs from Dydimo. Probably sensible with the volume of visitors, however I miss the underwater mirror that used to afford a view right into the springs and the lovely clarity of the water reflecting the blue sky.
  • Lovely short walk on a well formed track takes you to the springs. The loop track is 1km long and passes through some beautiful forest. Wheelchair accessible. Small picnic area and toilet facilities available.
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