The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 6, Issue 2 (June 1, 1931)
A Sylvan Spa
A Sylvan Spa.
Hauparu, Wai-iti, Ruato, Tapuwaekura, Tapuwaeharuru, Otaramarae, and here and there smaller hamlets still we page 29 called in at, one time and another. There is a place of unusual scenery even in this place of uncommon attractions, the hot spring of healing waters called Manupirua. The hot mineral fountain issues from under the roots of a great old pohutukawa tree, at the foot of a hillside on the south side of the lake, and fills three successive bathing pools on its way to the lake. The lowermost of these was formerly used by people temporarily under the mystic quarantine of tapu. Manupirua is still in Maori hands, it is the little arcadian spa of the Ngati-Pikiao tribe.