Te Waihou Walkway and Blue Spring

Te Waihou Walkway lies alongside the upper reaches of the Waihou River, where the water is extremely clear and blue, with an intense blue hue.

Time: 1 hr 30 min one way Distance: 4.7 km (one way) plus 0.5 km loop track Type: Walking Track

Getting there:
From Rotorua drive on SH 5 west towards Tirau, take the Putaruru turning on Whites road (SH 28). The downstream entrance at the Whites road layby is just past Leslie road. The Blue Spring end is 3.6 km along Leslie road.

 Scenic beauty and history are features of the walkway, beside the upper reaches of the Waihou River. The river water is clear and pure, with an intense blue colour. Many springs and tributaries feed the river. The Blue Spring is internationally acclaimed. Its clear, blue-green water flows from the spring at 42 cubic metres (9240 gallons) per minute. The water is sold in bottled form around New Zealand and supplies the town of Putaruru without treatment.