Putaruru is a town on state highway 1 that, in a bygone era was a busy and vibrant community. Today Putaruru is a struggling township that has taken severe negative impacts from the changes taking place with the timber industry. In the early days Putaruru was major sawmilling town that boasted a number of sawmills. Today none.This monument a symbol of historic activity.

Putaruru is an interesting town that is split by the railway line. The original commercial area was on the south of the line, with the northern commercial area carrying and feeding off the through traffic.

There is a museum three kms south from Putaruru that is dedicated to the sawmilling influence and effects to the area.

The Anglican Church is located on Highway 1.

The War Memorials have great presences near the municipal offices.


The Putaruru Hotel clearly demonstrates how the town and residents were, and that today is shell of its former glory. Clearly fourty/fifty years ago this building would have hosted business and governmental leaders. Now, only operates as a tavern. For those with a sense of history the town and hotel is a must visit.

The nearby Blue Spring is the current source of about 60% of New Zealand's bottled water.

The putaruru economy is still based on farming, forestry and timber production. State Highway 1 and the Kinleith Branch railway run through the town.


Fireplace Dump Station
General Store   Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course