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Te Waikoropupu Springs

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Forget bottled Fiji Water. If you travel to New Zealand, to Te Waikoropuru Springs on the South Island, to be precise, you'll find the largest freshwater springs in the southern hemisphere, possibly the world.

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Pupu Springs, as they are also known, are located in Golden Bay and renowned for the clarity of their water. They pump out 14,000 litres of water a second and are constantly cold at 11.7C.

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The springs have been designated a Maori taonga ('treasure') and a waahi tapu ('sacred place') with the Maori Heritage Council of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. According to legend, Waikoropupu is the home to the female guardian spirit or taniwha, Huriawa, who travels deep beneath the earth to clear blocked waterways. She is believed to live in the waters of Waikoropupu.

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At the entrance to the springs, the Department of Conservation has placed a sign that says, 'The legends of Te Waikoropupu are told in the stories of Huriawa, its taniwha (guardian spirit). In Maori tradition the Springs are wairou, the purest form of water which is the wairua (spiritual) and the physical source of life. The Springs provide water for healing, and in the past were a place of ceremonial blessings at times of birth and death and the leaving and returning of travellers.' RM

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  • sam

    August 10, 2016

    wow

  • jasen

    December 8, 2008

    Great pics great website!! thumb up!!

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