Hamurana Springs, Rotorua

Hamurana Springs truly has to be one of my favourite places, yeah I know I have not been to many places here yet but I loved this one!!  I mean look at it, it is beautiful.

I suppose it helps that we were lucky with the weather, it looked like it was going to rain all morning, but it did brighten up for us in the afternoon.

The springs have a little history to them and if you want to see that, please click here.

As you arrive at the springs this is the first view of the river you get.
The view crossing the bridge.

There are even a few black swans and ducks there enjoying the peacefulness of the river and the sun.  Although black swans are not native to New Zealand, they do seem to thrive here.


The Hamurana Springs Reserve is a taonga (treasure) to the people of Ngati Rangwewehi whose association with the land goes back to the 1300s. There are several springs throughout  the reserve with the main spring being Te Puna-a-Hangarua, named after Hangarua, Ngati Rangwewehi chieftainess.
Previously the Hamurana River was known to the Ngati Rangwewehi as the Kaikaithuna. The area was heavily cultivated with gardens on both sides of the river and was a rich source of food for local inhabitants as well as iwi (tribes) from the coast who traded kai moana (seafood) for the bounties of the land and bush. The river also provided kokopu, inagna, toitoi and koura (other Maori food).
Just some of the path we walked along.
I loved the views of the lake.

The name Hamurana is a Maori version of Smyrana, mentioned in the Bible (Revelation 2:8-11). In former times a Christian church stood on this site. Today Smyrana is the Turkish city of Izmir.

Tell me this place doesn’t look like paradise.
Today the reserve is cared for by the Department of Conservation (DOC), Ngati Rangiwewehi, the Hamurana Golf Club and the local community group: Hamurana Springs Incorporated Society (HSIS).
Some of the giant redwoods.

There is loads of redwoods here too, although they are not native to New Zealand they do seem to thrive here.  I should have really stood next to one so you can see how big they are.

The viewing platform for the Te Puna-a-Hangarua Spring.
It is the main one here which is the largest in the North Island.  The spring is named after  Hangarua, a chieftainess of Ngāti  Rangiwewehi and was the lair of Hinerua – The Kaitiaki taniwha.

On the 9th January 1957 more than 5000 pennies dating from 1860 were recovered by Messers. Strong, Tomlin and Huntley who were pioneer skin divers of Wellington.  All of these were distributed by Rotorua Jaycees to children’s charities.

The rock surrounding this spring is volcanic in origin. The spring water travels down from the Mamaku Plateau through underground aquifers. This journey takes 70 years.

From the Springs, the water flows into the Kaitkaitahuna River, into Lake Rotorua then through the Ohau Channel into Lake Rotoiti. From there is tumbles over Okere Falls and down to the Kaituna River. It enters the Pacific Ocean at Maketu where Tamatekaoua landed in the Arawa canoe in 1350.

Some facts about the Te Puna-a-Hangurua

  • The height of the spring above sea level is 280 metres.
  • The depth of the spring is about 15 metres.
  • The temperature is a constant 10℃.
  • Around 4,500 litres of water flow out of the spring each hour
  • It tastes beautiful 😉
Heaven.
The Kauaenui Dancing Sands Spring.

You cannot really see it here, but the Kauaenui Dancing Sands Spring is where the sand / dirt is moving at the bottom of the river.  That is because of the pressure of the water coming through the earth is pushing upward and moving the sand.

I love how clear the water is and the colour of it too is amazing.
Even got to see a couple of rainbow trout. This one is a female.

 Someone has made a weaving out of the flax that was around the springs.

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