Putaruru is home to some of New Zealand's most famous sportsmen and women, including long distance runner, Lorraine Moller and ex-All Black Captain Grant Fox - and it is no wonder.
The people of Putaruru have always lived an outdoor life - whether as farmers or timber workers, or simply as townspeople enjoying the excellent sporting facilities and outdoor pursuits that are available.
Putaruru is mid-way between Tokoroa and Tirau on State Highway 1. It is close to Lake Arapuni on the Waikato River.
For the casual visitor, Putaruru is a place to take time out to sample one or more of the many walks through local bush reserves, visit the Timber Museum and take a walk across the swingbridge at Lake Arapuni.
Putaruru is a fisherman's dream. With no less than 20 rivers packed with trout within a 20km radius from the township, the fishing experience is not only rewarding, but beautifully picturesque and relaxing. The true escape.
Putaruru has a great variety of walks - long or short - and they all feature the particular beauty of the region. Visitors to Putaruru are invited to wander Te Waihou Walkway to view the Blue Springs. The crystal clear spring water is bottled in town, and sold commercially, nationally and beyond, as "Pump" water. In fact, it is this small town that is the source of 60% of New Zealand's bottled water!
Putaruru is based on a history of farming and timber. It is now the commercial centre for some of the most productive dairy farmland in the country and the town's economy is based on this heritage.
The Lichfield Dairy Factory - which is one of the newest and largest cheese factories in the world - is only 6km from the town centre.
Putaruru is also host to a national woodturning exhibition - known appropriately as TurNZ - at which some of the most beautiful work in woodturning anywhere in the world can be seen.
Each October and November, in even years, the District holds its Spring Into Summer Festival which combines a wide range of community activities with sporting and cultural events for the three-week festival.
And to celebrate its commitment to sporting achievements for all, each February Putaruru hosts Tatou Tatou - New Zealand's largest mixed-team touch rugby tournament.
The Putaruru Waterpark was officially opened on Saturday 20 April , 2002 by The Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Helen Clark.
The blue colours of the Putaruru Waterpark mimic the colours of Te Waihou spring. Around 5000 plants - all natives - are planted on site. The shape of the feature is similar to the curve of a ponga fern shoot. The Waterpark features two large mosaics. These pieces are extraordinary - both in design and colour.
The people of Putaruru contributed directly to the paving surrounding the Putaruru Waterpark - many of the paving stones proudly display the names of the individuals, families and firms who contributed to this community landmark.