A sacred place for Maori - Te Waikoropupu Springs, New Zealand

Te Waikoropupu Springs, discharging 14,000 litres of water per second, 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. To local Maori, Te Waikoropupu Springs are a taonga (treasure) and wahi tapu, a place held in high cultural and spiritual regard.
The qualities of the water from Te Waikoropupu Springs are of considerable scientific interest. In 1993, The National Institute for Water and Atmosphere (NIWA) carried out optical measurements under water and found that the visibility was 63 metres. This is very close to optically pure water, with clearer water found only beneath Antarctica’s near-frozen Weddell Sea. The water clarity is a result of natural filtering prior to the water’s emergence at Te Waikoropupu Springs. (Source: Department of Conservation)
The waters of Te Waikoropupu Springs, including Fish Creek and Springs River, are closed to all forms of contact to safeguard water quality and to respect cultural values (including fishing, swimming, diving, wading, boating and drinking the water). In respect of this rule, no underwater photographs of Te Waikoropupu have been made for The Freshwater Project.

Freshwater Ecoregion of the World : #811 New Zealand

Major Habitat Type: temperate coastal rivers

The Spring


U20-001

U20-002

U20-003

U20-004

U20-005

U20-006

U20-007

U20-008

U20-009

U20-010

U20-011

U20-012

U20-013

U20-014

U20-015

U20-016

U20-017

U20-018

U20-019

U20-020

U20-021

U20-022

U20-023

U20-024

U20-025

U20-026

U20-027

U20-028

U20-029

U20-030

U20-031

U20-032

U20-033

U20-034

U20-035

U20-036

U20-037

U20-038

U20-039

U20-040

U20-041

U20-042

U20-043

U20-044

U20-045

U20-046

U20-047

U20-048

U20-049

U20-050

U20-051

U20-052

U20-053

U20-054

U20-055

U20-056

U20-057

U20-058

U20-059

U20-060

U20-061

U20-062

U20-063

U20-064

U20-065
   

The Forest around the Spring


U20-0
66

U20-0
67

U20-0
68

U20-0
69

U20-0
70

U20-0
71

U20-0
72

U20-0
73

U20-0
74

U20-0
75

U20-0
76

U20-0
77

U20-0
78

U20-0
79
Miscellaneous

U20-0
80 Observation Deck

U20-0
81 Viewing Chamber

U20-0
82 Cattle close to the Spring

R-154 Michel Roggo at work

U20-0
83 Takaka River Mouth
All Photographs Copyright 2013© Michel Roggo