The Blue Spring located along the Te Waihou walkway is so pure that it supplies 70% of New Zealand’s bottled water. This hidden gem can be found in the Waikato region of New Zealand’s North Island.
There are two trail access points depending on how much time you want to spend. The longer walk starts at White Road in Putaruru or the Leslie Road car park has a shorter lead in. Our girls were better suited for the shorter walk and the day we visited was boiling (as my girls would say).
The walk begins down a gravel road through a farm area and takes around 15 minutes before you reach the stream.
Continue on across the bridge and through the gate.
There is a short walk to a swimming hole where most visitors headed. *Edit: The swimming area has now been closed down to preserve the natural spring. Our family decided to do the loop which takes about three hours and follows along the stream. We packed a picnic lunch and enjoyed the scenery on this fairly easy walk. There are a few stairs and hills along the way but overall was not a difficult walk.
The water is so clear that you can see all the way to the bottom and almost giving off a bluish color.
Ella is a little spoiled and only walked part of the hike. I know Andrew’s shoulders had to be sore the next day.
The trees were great for climbing!
I braved the water and even carried Ella out with me. Within a few seconds of standing there my legs began to tingle. The water remains at a chilly 11 degrees celsius year round. There were kids jumping off rocks in the swimming hole but getting my feet wet was enough for me! Brrrr!