Blue Springs, Green Trees

Blue Springs – a Stunning Kaleidoscope

Te Waihou Walkway, Putaruru, near Matamata and Hobbiton is a typical NZ treasure of a track. From the Leslie Road carpark, trudge uphill and be dazzled at the first glimpse of the blues and greens. Catching the walkway, continue downstream for 4 km, bush on one side, multi-colored prism on the other.

Not mentioned in guidebooks, a NZ Facebook post led us here. Judging by astonished emojis and comments, it is a secret spot.

The spring, a constant 55ºF, provides 60% of NZ’s bottled water. Taking 100 years to filter and bubble up, a 6 lane swimming pool could be filled in 12 minutes.

Equally stunning near Rotorua, the Hamurana Spring Nature Reserve is North Island’s deepest natural springs, under guardianship of the local iwi Ngāti Rangiwewehi since the 1300’s. The nature reserve winds amongst redwoods and is home to flocks of black swans.

Splash Down at Okere Falls

The warm water of Hamurana Springs spends 70 years underground, bubbling up at 4 million liters of water/hour to run over Okere Falls via the Kaituna River. So much fun for kayakers, commencing at Gnarly Gorge – Pari Tūkino.

Look Up, Way Up!

Whakarewarewa Forest (fah-ka-re-wah-re-wah)

The Whakarewarewa Forest and Hamurana Springs contain plantations of California Coastal Redwoods planted in 1901.

The Redwood Tree Walk: 28 swinging bridges through a canopy of 100+ year-old trees, looking down onto fern trees and silver leaf palms.

Dendrophilia – A Person Who Loves Trees

Before settlers, 85% of land was covered by forest. Today, 25% of indigenous forest remain with nearly all lowland area cleared for agriculture. Intensive clearance was undertaken by European Settlers. Source: Te Papa Museum, Wellington, NZ

The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The next best time is now. 

Chinese Proverb

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12 thoughts on “Blue Springs, Green Trees

  1. Lisa Gosselin May 12, 2021 — 7:00 pm

    Love the blue springs green trees – such natural beauty

    1. Oh yeah! That one blew us away! We found it by chance.

  2. Really Beautiful nature at -almost!- it’s best !
    Stunning photos … the yellow canoe downstream Marléne you daredevil 😂
    I’ll told my daughter about your blog and trips … they will travel for 3 mnths north and South Island when she’s done working in Motueka, before returning to Europe
    Alllll these great ideas
    Sooo jealous !
    Enjoy guys, this Covid free environment

    1. You are so kind! Not going to lie…the person in the yellow kayak was not me…just some random dude sliding down the hill. I was safely on the other side!

  3. The springs… oh my! Might have to paint these. And black swans?!?! I must go to this place. xoxo

    1. When I saw this place, I thought of your art. I was hoping you would see the post and like it. It is so beautiful, but also stirring with a positive energy!

  4. Loved the blue/green waterways. Stunning colors! My next fav were the giant redwoods. I always wanted to see them in CA, perhaps one day! The before and after maps…tell quite a story! I am a Dendrophilia! Gorgeous photos!

  5. Stunning photos of stunning places. When it comes to finding hidden treasures, you’re the best!

  6. Beautiful, serene, thrilling. Really enjoy these images and vicarious travels with you 💜

  7. The secret blue green spot brought tears to my eyes – such beauty! Then came the black swan. Could hardly breathe. Followed by the awesome kayak launch that we all wish we had. With an encore of the redwood tree walk – yes, I’m a dendrophelia. Such a generous post. Thank you for the joy xo

  8. Have you seen any blue mushrooms yet? Can’t remember where we saw them but they were almost neon! I saw the “blue/green” lagoons. Absolutely gorgeous colors! Your pics DO do them justice! Travel on…

    1. Thank you for reading! We have found such colorful mushrooms on South Island near Able Tasman. Blue, purple! Outstanding.

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