Te Waihou Walkway

3 hrs

4.7 km (one way)


  • Crystal clear Blue Spring
  • Small waterfalls
  • Native bush and bird life


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Near Putaruru you can walk to the famous Blue Spring, which supplies around 70% of New Zealand's bottled water.

Walking the track

The Te Waihou Walkway near Putaruru leads to the Blue Spring, one of the purest water sources in the world. This easy hike, through pastureland at the edge of the Waihou River, takes around three hours return.

When you reach the spring, you'll be impressed with its blueness - visible evidence of its purity. The water takes between 50 and 100 years to reach the surface, where some of it is bottled and sold under the 'Pump' brand. The spring flows at a rate of 42 cubic metres per minute (9240 gallons per minute) and is a constant 11°C in every season. The Blue Spring could fill a six lane, 25 metre swimming pool in just over 12 minutes!

The Blue Spring provided inspiration for the Putaruru Water Park, a work of water and art that gives the rural town of Putaruru a special point of difference. The two large mosaics in the park depict life in the local district.

Useful information

The walk ranges from easy to more challenging. Flat areas are a breeze while steeper places with stiles and steps, or wetland areas, are more challenging. Go prepared with sturdy boots.

How to get there

To walk the 3 hour return trip, begin at the Whites Road carpark. Whites Road is the link between State Highway 1 and 5, close to the town of Putaruru.

Preparation tips

  • Check the weather report
  • Dress for the weather
  • Tell someone where you're going

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