Golden Bay: Pupu springs, the source of the Riwaka and the Wainui Falls

I just spent a weekend in Golden Bay, which is part of the Abel Tasman region at the top of New Zealand’s South Island. Here’s a short film of the highlights:


It’s a beautiful part of the country, and at this time of year it’s relatively uncrowded. There were three elements that really stood out.

The first is the source (or resurgence if you want to be technical) of the Rikawa river, as it comes out from Takaka Hill. This is a beautiful place with spiritual significance. The water emerging from the hill is incredibly pure.

Then the remarkable Te Waikoropupū Springs (known as Pupu Springs). These are the largest freshwater springs in New Zealand, and the largest cold water springs in the Southern Hemisphere. The water here is incredibly pure, with a visibility measured at 63 metres.

And the Wainui Falls. Getting to the waterfall involves a spectacular 40 minute walk including crossing a narrow suspension bridge. They were in full flow.

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