Mt Herbert Cold Water Spring, Diamond Harbour, Canterbury, New Zealand

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Spring percolating from gravelled slope into concrete trough. Accessed from spur as above on Mt Herbert Walkway. Take 4WD track on eastern side of spur, about 2/3 of the way up the hill. The location is at S.172 degrees 44 minutes 293 seconds and E.43 degrees 40 minutes 353 seconds.

“Near the spring is the remains of a burnt totara stump. This is the last of an awesome forest consisting of these stately trees that was destroyed by farmers in the 19th century to support a few skanky sheep for some time until the fertility was too compromised. You know… those guys who regularly proclaim they are the guardians of the land, yeah right!” – Honora Renwick

Nearest Address

Ridge from DH to Mt Herbert

Directions from Nearest Address


Vital Information

  • Fee: None though the land belongs to the cocky. However we’re talking about a distance of 200 metres off from the walkway. As long as you aren’t disturbing lambing, this will not be a real issue.
  • Access: Private
  • Flow: Continuous
  • TDS: N/A
  • Temp: N/A
  • pH: N/A

Hours Spring is Open:

Banks Peninsula is closed to lambing for 3 months from August to October inclusive. The Hon David Carter who is a landowner in Kaituna has publicly stated on his website that the track to the Packhorse is only closed for 6 weeks from August to Mid-September so the 3 month term may be inaccurate. Currently all tracks are closed due to slight damage from the Sept 4 earthquake in 2010.


S.172 degrees 44 minutes 293 seconds and E.43 degrees 40 minutes 353 seconds.

Map Link: Mt Herbert Cold Water Spring Map

Submitted by: Honora Renwick


  1. The Mt Herbert w/w may now be closed due to the February 22 earthquake but people tend to be treating the closure with the contempt it deserves.

  2. Sorry, guys. I haven’t got the GPS location sussed for some reason. It’s E2488920 N5726267 on NZMG and sometime I’ll put up the new datum 2000 coordinates. Right now, I can’t connect to Linz to do the conversion…

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