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Te Waihou Walkway

We took a little tour through the Waikato yesterday to check out some of the more “off the beaten track” activities in the area.
Travelling from Te Awamutu, we bypassed Cambridge so as to check out the Karapiro Domain and cross the Dam. Numerous international rowing events are held here, and is a great place just to hang out in the summer, although the Horahora domain , about ten minutes further on (see Waikato Map) provides a more relaxed atmosphere and has a cool swimming zone.
Travelling east we passed through Tirau, stopping to check out a few of the many gift shops and boutique galleries before heading in search of the Blue Spring near Putaruru.
The Te Waihou Walkway starts at Whites Road, and is approximately one and a half hours each way following the Waihou River, ending at the crystal clear Blue Spring.There is shorter access to the Blue Spring by driving down Leslie Road for four kilometres ( there is a sign and carpark), where you can reach the spring with a ten minute walk.
The spring is fed from the Mamaku plateau and takes a hundred years to filter through, resulting in water so clean it produces an astonishing blue colour. This is where approximately 70 % of New Zealands bottled water comes from.
A great walk, particularly in summer as there are numerous pools for swimming along the way.
Heading back, we stopped in Arapuni for another short walk over the Arapuni swingbridge. Built in 1925 to provide access for workers building the Arapuni power station, and is only a five minute walk from Arapuni township. The bridge is one of the largest of its type in New Zealand, with a span of 152 metres and is suspended 54 metres above the river below. The Arapuni section of the Waikato river trails starts here also, which is a 36 km cycling track, but even without a bike is worth walking along for a while to take in some of the awesome scenery.
Both of these trails are not too far off the Waitomo – Rotorua route, but are often overlooked. Neither are suitable if you are travelling by bus, but if you have your own transport definitely take some time to check them out.
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