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