Blue Springs Scenic Walkway – Tapapa, Waikato

Our low impact design was strongly driven by heritage and sensitivity to the pristine environment.

Greenwood Associates was contracted by the South Waikato District Council to design the walking track along Te Waihou River to the beautiful Blue Spring (Te Waihou Spring). Famous for its mineral water and cultural significance to the local people it was important to us that the project was approached as a collaboration between our design team and the local iwi. This allowed us to carry a unified theme along the walkway and around the spring and its source. We tied the design of the walkway back to the nearby town center of Putaruru where we were commissioned to design a new town plaza with water feature representing the celebrated Blue Springs. The Putaruru Waterpark was officially opened by the Prime Minister in 2002, the blue colours of the park mimic the colours of Te Waihou spring. Around 5000 native plants are planted on site. The shape of the water feature is similar to the curve of a ponga fern shoot. The people of Putaruru contributed directly to the paving surrounding the Putaruru Waterpark, many of the paving stones proudly display the names of the individuals, families, and businesses that contributed to this community landmark.

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