Te Waikoropupu Springs, akaka 7183, Tasman Region, New Zealand
Te Waikoropupū Springs are the largest freshwater springs in New Zealand, the largest cold water springs in the Southern Hemisphere and contain some of the clearest water ever measured.
The Te Waikoropupu springs in Golden Bay are home to the clearest springwater in the world! The Te Waikoropupu springs gush forth from the earth just 7 kms from the nearby township of Takaka and are well signposted from State Highway 60.
The “Pupu” springs,as they are affectionately known to the localsare home to the clearest spring water in the world (the only place with clearer water is the salt water Weddell Sea in Antarctica). Underwater clarity tests have shown the water from the springs to have underwater visibility of 63 metres!
The translation of “Place of the Dancing Sands” references the smaller of the two springs, with it’s white sand bottom. Here you will see the force of the water pushing up through the spring floor, moving the sand particles and making them appear to dance.
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