South of Hamilton on State Highway 1, the town of Putaruru sits amid rolling farmland, surrounded by the vast Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park. A timber and farming town, Putaruru is known for its beautiful spring waters, which come from the Blue Spring on the Waihou River.

Activities in the surrounding region include motorcross trails, walking, rock climbing, fishing and kayaking. Rotorua, with its beautiful lakes and world famous fishing, lies to the south-east.