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The small rural town of Putāruru is located in the South Waikato, central North Island, between Tirau and Tokoroa. This area is historically known for its farming and timber growing and the beautiful, clear streams and rivers that surround it - with 20 smaller waterways leading off Te Waihou River. 

The Blue Springs (Te Waihou) is a fisherman's wonderland with many rainbow and brown trout fishing spots. This river supplies New Zealand with 70% of its bottled water. Because of it's clear blue water it brings a lot of tourists to the area to see these crystal clear waters with the green algae floating beneath the surface. Nearby is Lake Arapuni, home to Arapuni Swing bridge and the Waikato River Trails - a cycle way that stretches for 103kms. Putāruru also has the Timber Museum, a waterpark and New Zealand's Cheese School, Over the Moon Cheese Factory.

Putāruru has many schools in the area ranging from Early Childhood to College as well as a Wharekura. Putāruru is well-served with a multipurpose 520-person capacity theatre, The Plaza, Glenshea Park and rugby fields with grandstands, club rooms and netball courts. There is tennis courts, a pavilion and swimming pool complex.

Our town is expected to grow significantly over the next 30 years with a projected increase of around 600 homes, there is a new lifestyle village and many subdivisions popping up around the area which will bring in many jobs and new businesses to support this growth. 

Pride in Putāruru

Pride in Putāruru is a local government funded community group, established in 1972. PIP are a passionate team of 3 staff, 10 trustees and approximately 30 incorporated society members who are committed to the wellbeing of our town.


Pride in Putāruru is our business association, facilitating functions and events on behalf of the Putāruru business community and residents. Events include the Putāruru Business Awards, Christmas Parade, Waterfest among other initiatives. Pride in Putāruru also produce the Putāruru Prattler newspaper distributed free to the Putāruru and Tirau Wards. Pride in Putāruru is funded by Council through a targeted rate on both the business sector and Putāruru ratepayers. The organisation secures additional funding from other grant sources.


Our services

Information Centre

Located in the central township, this Information Centre offers everything from bus tickets, fishing licenses and other local information.

Community Events

PIP host many community events throughout the year to bring our town together, meet new-to-towners and support engagement with our local businesses.

Liaison with South Waikato Council

As we are a local government funded community group, it is our duty to advocate for our town and the community. We are committed to supporting the growth and wellbeing of this town.

Opening hours

10-3pm Tuesday to Friday

Closed Public Holidays

We can offer information on Intercity, fishing licenses. Bluebridge Ferry and Interislander Ferry. We also do photocopying/scanning and the office is a Post Haste drop off centre too. 

Pride in Putāruru Team

Our team support the local business district, residents and new-to-towners to strengthen our plan for growth and encourage our visitors to stop and stay.


Business Liaison


Pride in Putāruru Committee

Together with Pride in Putāruru, we have a committee of local community members who are dedicated to engaging with the community in events, discussions and plans to help our local businesses. 

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From left to right: Ihipera Joyce-O'Rourke, Michelle McNicholl, Baillie Malbon, Morgan Middendorf, Raewyn Whiteman Thorne, Lee-Ann Stuart, Christine Johnson, Trisha Pulman and Raewyn Culvert (Missing: Hannah Putt).

Community Patrol

Putāruru Community Patrol are the eyes and ears of the community, helping to keep our residents safe.

Contact details



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