Putaruru is nestled halfway between Tirau and Tokoroa on a ridge that provides sweeping views of farmland and bush. It’s an easy commute to Rotorua, Tauranga and Hamilton, so you can work in one of the main centres and still afford a family home (Putaruru house prices average just $320,000).
The peace and quiet of Putaruru seems like a world away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities.
Yet Hamilton, Tauranga and Rotorua are all less than an hour’s drive away. The town has five schools, catering for New Entrants through to Year 15. Students looking to go to tertiary education can go to Toi Ohomai (just a 25 minute drive to Tokoroa) or catch the regular bus to Hamilton.
Putaruru has a big heart, providing all of the amenities you’d expect from a thriving rural town; shopping, dining and leisure activities. There’s lots to do if you love the outdoors – hiking, biking, kayaking and fishing.
The dairy and timber industries are thriving. The nearby Lichfield Fonterra is the largest milk drier and cheese manufacturer in Australasia. A pro-business Council actively encourages people looking to set up a business of any size.