Blue Springs Te Waihou Itinerary

Blue Springs Te Waihou Itinerary & Surrounding Area

Duration: 1 hr-Full day
Budget: $0-$300

The Blue Springs and Te Waihou walkway are located near Putaruru, just south of Matamata, is a must see in the Waikato region. The Blue Springs is a part of the Te Waihou Walkway which can be accessed at two different entrances. The entire walkway is a little over 10km round-trip. If you’d like a shorter trip you can start from Leslie rd, round-trip 30 min.

The Blue Springs is well known internationally with the water being so pure that it accounts for 60% of New Zealand’s bottled water.

The walkway ranges from easy walking to a few steeper areas with some steps and boardwalks through wetland areas. Below are optional Blue Springs and Te Waihou walkway itineraries for the and surrounding areas. 

What Should I Bring

For all three activities we recommend comfortable athletic shoes and attire, all weather gear, sunscreen/hat, and food and water.

Times For Excursions

The Blue Springs is open to the public and is free of charge.

Stone Hill Horse Trek is open Wednesday-Sunday and has two times to ride, 9:30am/3:30pm.

Lake District Adventures has multiple tour options starting some starting in the morning and some at night. LDA tours also run anywhere from 3 hrs to 7 hrs. We advise you to choose the LDA tour you’d like to do then based on that time decide your SHT tour and stop at the Blue Springs. 

Please take into account the drive to these tours and be sure to leave yourself enough time to get from one to the other. Please contact our office if you have any further questions. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have a car for this itinerary? 

Yes, for this itinerary you need to have your own mode of transportation as these are self-driving tour itineraries 

Is there an age limit for these activities?

Blue Springs, no.

Stone Hill Horse Trek, 12 years of age or older. 

Lake District Adventures, depends on the activity we recommend to call ahead of time. 

Lake District Adventures

396 Horahora Road, Piarere 3484, New Zealand

Stone Hill Horse Trek

156 Perrott Road, Wharepapa South 3880, New Zealand

Te Waihou Walkway

303 Whites Road, Putaruru 3483, New Zealand

The Blue Springs

Our goal here at the i-SITE is to ensure that you leave New Zealand with fond memories of your great adventures! In order for us to meet our goal we offer up our services to you everyday. Please contact us or come in so that we can help plan your trip here in Aotearoa (New Zealand)! 

These itineraries are interchangeable and you can do them in any order you please. If you have any further questions about the itinerary options above, please don’t hesitate to contact us by email or phone. We are also available in person at the i-SITE and look forward to helping you plan your trip!

Option 1

Te Waihou Walkway

If your heading south from Matamata, or are in search of one of the worlds most natural beauties, we highly recommend Te Waihou walkway. Located in this walkway is the Blue Springs, one of Waikato’s gems.

You can either start on HWY 28, which is a longer trek, 10km round-trip. Or you have the option of starting at Leslie road, which is only about a 15 min walk to the Blue Springs.

There is no entrance fee or tour times so you may choose to do this anytime throughout the day!

Option 2

Stone Hill Horse Trek

”Do you want to experience a fantastic landscape on the back of a horse? Then we invite you to discover our farm of over 1500 acres!

Situated in the beautiful Owairaka Valley, this magical experience will take you on a journey amongst grand rhyolite volcanic boulders, passed countless charming streams and infinite green rolling hills, in order to give you the ultimate taste of the Waikato region.

Stone Hill caters to all riding abilities from complete beginners to experienced riders.” Located 33km SW of Blue Springs. 

Option 3

Lake District Adventures

”Lake District Adventures is a family run business located in the South Waikato region of New Zealand, on the shores of stunning Lake Karapiro.

We offer mountain bike, kayak and SUP hire, along with kayak glow worm tours and guided mountain bike tours. We also provide regular shuttle services along the Waikato River Trail and to other trails in surrounding areas. 

We are privileged to be able to share our amazing local area and strive to offer the highest levels of professionalism and experience. Our services are available to anyone of varying age and fitness levels to try, and we pride ourselves on offering great value for money.” Located 26.5km NW of Blue Springs.

Option 4

Full Day

If you have the time the best option is to do all three activities. Stone Hill Horse Trek has 2 times, 9:30am/3:30pm, Wednesday through Sunday to do the guided trek.

Lake District Adventures has many packages and times to choose from. If you want to do all three in one day we advise you to do the 9:30 horse trek and 6:30pm guided glow worm tour with LDA. Or 9:30am guided kayak tour (LDA) and 3:30pm horse trek (SH). Within this day you can enjoy the Blue Springs/Te Waihou Walkway before, after, or inbetween these tours.

If you have more than one day then we reccomend 1 day of horse trek and Te Waihou/Blue Springs and 1 day of Lake District Adventures packages with multiple activities.

Are you looking for something fun to do while you are in Matamata? We have an abundance of shops and eateries all within walking distance of each other, conveniently located in the town center. We also have a wide range of activities whether you’d like to relax or be active. If you are looking for something to fill your day or even your week we have a list of suggested itineraries you may be interested in. We take pride in our locally owned and operated businesses. You can find all of these options linked in the menu below! If you have any further questions call or visit the Matamata i-SITE Visitor Center.

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