Putaruru is a small town in the Waikato region on the North Island of New Zealand. It is located about 65 km southeast of Hamilton in the South Waikato District. 2006, the place had 3765 inhabitants. State Highway 1 crosses the village. The economy is based on agriculture and forestry and a mineral water source that covers 60\% of New Zealand's needs. The long-distance runner Lorraine Moller and the actress Sarah McLeod are from Putaruru.