Saturday, March 1, 2014
New Discoveries - Te Waihou Walkway, Blue Spring
The Blue Spring, Putaruru. The water is 11 degrees all year around and is so amazingly blue and clear. We decided this would be the perfect place to take the kids on a hot day. Totally underestimated 11 degree water though, even on a stinking hot day, it was bone chillingly cold. It was fun watching people squeal and squirm until it was our turn. Ice cream headaches are just a tickle compared to the all over body ache this water created. Worth the experience though, it really is incredible.
With the 3 children we parked at the Leslie Road entrance (about 3.6km down Leslie Road, off Whites Rd, on the right hand side) and it was a short and really manageable walk to the popular swimming hole. From Whites Road it is longer, around 4.7km long, but apparently a beautiful walk. We'll save that for another day.
We went on a cicada hunt and Sprat was able to give us a lesson on the life cycle of a cicada as he has been studying them this week at school. I had no idea he was so clued on up cicadas!
An awesome family walk - pack a picnic, throw in towels and togs and a snorkel if you dare. And bring some empty water bottles - you can fill your bottles from the spring.