Te Waikoropupū Springs
Image: Shellie Evans | ©



Te Waikoropupū Springs 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.

Find things to do and places to stay Te Waikoropupū Springs

This is a great place to go bird watching. The springs contain many indigenous macroinvertebrates, some rare or with very restricted ranges. These are prey to long-finned and short-finned eel, upland bully, red-finned bully, kōaro and a healthy population of giant kōkopu, one of New Zealand’s most threatened native fish.

Within the forest areas korimako, pīwakawaka, tūī, kererū, riroriro/grey warbler and silvereye are common, with fernbird observed occasionally in the pākihi/infertile wetlands.

Regular birds near the water include:

  • Kōtare/kingfisher
  • pūkeko
  • pūtakitaki/paradise shelduck
  • pārera/grey duck
  • kōtuku/white heron
  • kōau/black shag


Whakatū/Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone +64 3 546 9339
Email nelsonvc@doc.govt.nz
Address Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
1/37 Halifax Street
Nelson 7010
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