You are in the Waikato area? If you are starting out on a hike, here is one accessible and at least beautiful.
About the hike
Te Waihou Walkway’s Blue Spring is world-renowned with water so pure that it supplies about 60% of New Zealand’s bottled water. The source is fed by the Mamaku plateau where water takes up to 100 years to filter; the resulting water is so pure and clean that it produces a beautiful blue color while being almost clear. The hike follows this source through large trees that litter the green hills where some cows are living. The trail seems somewhat isolated but many people were practicing it as we walked.
Duration: Approximately 3 hours round trip
Necessary equipment: Sneakers
In conclusion, a short and pleasant hike to do with family or quietly with friends. Perfect for a first, it reveals the green heights of the region without requiring a lot of equipment or thorough preparation.
This hike follows the Blue Spring River, the starting point is 64km (45 minutes by car) southeast of Hamilton. You end up on a parking lot of the Whites Road (GPS coordinates: -38.023829,175.809347). You will easily see indications on the road to take and the various hikes around.