Upper South Island and the West Coast Travel Guide

Upper South Island and the West Coast Sights

Waikoropupu Springs

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  • Takaka
  • Body Of Water/Waterfall

Published 08/30/2016

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Six kilometers (4 miles) west of Takaka are what the locals call 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 water in these springs is reportedly some of the clearest ever measured, anywhere. 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 40-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.

Sight Information


Pupu Springs Rd., Takaka, Tasman, 7183, New Zealand

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Website: www.doc.govt.nz

Published 08/30/2016


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