Six kilometers (4 miles) west of Takaka is Te Waikoropupu Springs, known locally as Pupu Springs. This is the largest cold water spring system in the Southern Hemisphere, and clear cold water bubbles into the Waikoropupu Valley after traveling underground from its source at the nearby Takaka Hill. The clarity of this water is second only to the Weddell Sea in Antarctica. Swimming or touching the water is not allowed, to prevent the introduction of aquatic weeds and damage to the delicate flora within the springs; so leave your swimsuits and dive gear in the car. Instead, grab your shoes and take a leisurely stroll around the valley on the 60-minute, top quality walk to the main spring, Dancing Sand Spring and Fish Creek Springs. Go quietly—the better to spot tūī, bellbirds, wood pigeons, and other birdlife. The turnoff from State Highway 60 to Pupu Springs Road is signposted, on the western side of the Takaka River bridge.
Pupu Springs Road, Takaka, Tasman, 7183, New Zealand