Te Waihou Walkway

Te Waihou Walkway


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Mike Fricker

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

18 September 2018. We went from the most distant car park. A nice walk, the river getting bluer as we went. Very quiet in places. Lots of birds. Good facilities. The spring was not what was expected tho. Just an area by the side of the river. No real sign of water streaming out.
Well worth while walk on a warm day.
Shame others don’t respect the place. Cans thrown into the bush and something best not described in the loo at the spring!

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Daniel Faasser


Ranking: 8/10

We made this walk after visiting Hobbiton. Great and easy walk down a nice river. Clear signs.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Ral Pritchard

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful and pristine, clearest water, toilets dotted along the route!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Helen Worner


Ranking: 9/10

Blue spring, very beautiful, for free! Short enough walk for the kids.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Holger Worner


Ranking: 10/10

Blue spring, very nice.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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James Braithwaite

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful and so worth a look.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Ranking: 10/10

This was one of the absolute best things we saw in New Zealand, it's completely stunning. The walk to get there is just heavenly and the springs themselves are beautiful.
We entered from the Leslie Rd end and the day we went, which was just an ordinary weekday in the middle of winter, we could barely find anywhere to park along the entire road. There were vast numbers of people, most of them tourists so someone somewhere is directing visitors to this place. The facilities are nowhere near able to cope with the numbers of people now visiting and it's actually looking dangerous as it's a winding road, blind bends, with frequent logging trucks coming around bends. They really need to very quickly upgrade the parking to accommodate all the people wanting to see this special place. There was even a man in a van selling ice creams, in winter! With a queue of people! But do go and see the springs, it's very well worth it. Enchanting.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Samuel Lucht


Ranking: 6/10

Nice little walking track (easily accessible, about 2 to 3 hours) with heaps of Kiwi and tourists on it. Beautiful spring, but just way too crowded.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Pierre Alexandre


Ranking: 8/10

The water is very clear. When the sun shines it is very beautiful and surprising to see all there is under water. A little bit cold to swim!!

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Quinn McCusker

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Not only breathtaking both mentally and physically due to the ice cold temperature of the natural crystal clear waters of the spring, a bloody good time, great quick trip from the road. Well worth it.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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John-Jozef Proczka

Ranking: 9/10

Was an amazingly cold, but wonderful swim and jump into the amazingly clear water. Very blue at the actual spring where you jump into.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Ranking: 9/10

Nice and short walk. To avoid passing over boring farmland better park the car at the end of the track and go the reverse. Good for a swim at the water station but don't stop there because the best comes after so keep on going another 1.5km. Total time return about 2hours. Worth it.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Iwona Garczynska


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful! Must do! Park the car AT THE END of the walk on Leslie Road, go 1km and you will already see amazing blue river, then 1km more (really worth it). Go back when you start to see typical farmland hills. There are flyers about this walk in the information center in Tirau.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Really nice short walk - 5.7km return, about 1.5hrs. Being a rural Kiwi farmland doesnt impress me that much but enjoyed the first 'half' of the walk which follows the crystal clear river through the farmland. The second half however blew me away - beautiful. Saw heaps of trout. Made my wife share her camera because I didnt take mine not expecting to use it!!

Reviewed almost 11 years ago