Tirau is a small town with about 800 inhabitants in the Waikato region on the North Island of New Zealand. It is located 50 kilometers southeast of Hamilton in the South Waikato District. Tirau is originally a farmer town, but has begun in recent years to draw their income from their location on a national thoroughfare. Tirau means in the language of the Māori "place with many Cabbage Trees (Cordyline australis)".