Te Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

TE WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS - Kahurangi National Park
An easy 25 to 45 minute loop walk visiting New Zealand's largest freshwater springs, containing some of the clearest water ever measured.
Map Data: Google, Digital Globe, Department of Conservation (DOC).

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Te Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

TE WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS - Kahurangi National Park
Te Waikoropupū Springs are a taonga (treasure) and wāhi tapu, a place held in high cultural and spiritual regard. Māori probably first visited this area over 700 years ago.

Te Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

TE WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS - Kahurangi National Park

Te Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

TE WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS - Kahurangi National Park

Te Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

TE WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS - Kahurangi National Park

Te Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

TE WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS - Kahurangi National Park

Te Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

TE WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS - Kahurangi National Park

Te Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

TE WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS - Kahurangi National Park
Most of the trees we will see at Waikoropupu Springs are manuka and kanuka amongst the regenerating forest following a history of fire, gold mining and farming. There are now Tawhai (black beech), Rimu, Kahikatea, Totara, Matai and Miro trees growing here. Te Waikoropupu Springs is also home to a species of moss that is found nowhere else.

Te Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

TE WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS - Kahurangi National Park
The waters of Te Waikoropupū Springs, including Fish Creek and Springs River, are closed to all forms of contact (including fishing, swimming, diving, wading, boating and drinking the water) to safeguard water quality and to respect cultural values.

Te Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

TE WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS - Kahurangi National Park

Te Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

TE WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS - Kahurangi National Park

Te Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

TE WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS - Kahurangi National Park

Te Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

TE WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS - Kahurangi National Park

Te Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

TE WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS - Kahurangi National Park

Te Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

TE WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS - Kahurangi National Park
Te Waikoropupu Springs (also known as Pupu Springs), pumps out 14,000 litres of water per second. In 1993, visibility was found to be 63 metres. This is very close to optically pure water, with clearer water found only beneath Antarctica.

Te Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

TE WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS - Kahurangi National Park

Te Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

TE WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS - Kahurangi National Park

Te Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

TE WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS - Kahurangi National Park

Te Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

TE WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS - Kahurangi National Park
Dancing Sands Springs. Here, if we look very closely, we can see the coarse sand rising with the force of the spring water flowing upwards.

Te Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

TE WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS - Kahurangi National Park

Te Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

TE WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS - Kahurangi National Park
Old Gold Workings. The area around Te Waikoropupū Springs was once covered in forest. Gold miners cleared the forest to build water races for sluicing gold and a mining company worked here until about 1910.

Te Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

TE WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS - Kahurangi National Park

Te Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

TE WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS - Kahurangi National Park

Te Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

TE WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS - Kahurangi National Park

Te Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

TE WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS - Kahurangi National Park
Looking upstream from the bridge.

Te Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

TE WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS - Kahurangi National Park
On the way back up to the carpark, there is this little track off to the left...

Te Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

TE WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS - Kahurangi National Park
...which leads to this beautiful little spot.

Te Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

TE WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS - Kahurangi National Park

Te Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

TE WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS - Kahurangi National Park
And now we will take a full tour of the entrance to Te Waikoropupu and have a look at all those information panels and artworks. Enjoy...

Te Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

TE WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS - Kahurangi National Park

Te Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

TE WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS - Kahurangi National Park

Te Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

TE WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS - Kahurangi National Park

Te Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

TE WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS - Kahurangi National Park

Te Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

TE WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS - Kahurangi National Park

Te Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

TE WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS - Kahurangi National Park

Te Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

TE WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS - Kahurangi National Park

Te Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

TE WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS - Kahurangi National Park

Te Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

TE WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS - Kahurangi National Park

Te Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

TE WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS - Kahurangi National Park

Te Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

TE WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS - Kahurangi National Park

Te Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

TE WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS - Kahurangi National Park