The walk to the springs follows a track alongside the Waihou River, through wetlands, across rolling pastoral land and features views of small waterfalls, native bush and the famous Blue Spring with glimpses of trout along the way. Pools and calm stretches of the river are great for swimming and there are many quiet picnic spots.
The water temperature is a constant 11 degrees celsius throughout the year.
The Blue Spring walk takes about one and a half hours each way, starting from Whites Road (State Highway 28), near Putaruru.
The Te Waihou Walkway and Blue Spring is located in South Waikato near Putaruru.
The Blue Spring, Te Waihou Walkway Details:
- Time: 1 hr 30 min one way – 3 hr return when walking from the Whites Road carpark. A much shorter option is from the Leslie Road carpark.
- Distance: 4.7km on way plus 0.5km loop track
- Getting there: The walkway is situated off Whites Road, with upstream access from Leslie Road, Putaruru. The downstream entrance is just past Leslie Road, and the Blue Spring end is 3.6km along Leslie Road.
- The best access for this option is via the Leslie Road carpark.