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Tirau, Waikato New Zealand

Published: 15 April 2017
Last Updated: 25 July 2019

Tirau is a small town in a Waikato with a bit of a giant steel theme going on. it is about 50km from the closest city, there are great views of the Kaimai Ranges. The town is very small with a population of approx 800 people.

It is located within the South Waikato District, and are close to the towns of Putaruru and Tokoroa. Other towns close together are Matamata and Cambridge.

The great thing about Tirau is there is less than an hours drive from cities such as Hamilton, Rotorua, Tauranga, and the popular beach resort of Mt Maunganui.

For a small town, Tirau has a large variety of local shops which attract tourists and car/truck drivers.


Tirau is a small town full of farmers, elderly and families, the town is a very friendly city in New Zealand with awesome locals who are always willing to help.


Tirau has a couple nice farming and river walks with some great scenery, check out the list below of available walks:

  • Blue Springs ( Scenic Hiking Spot ) - RECOMMENDED
  • Te Waihou Walkway
  • Jim Barnett Reserve
  • Waikato River Trails
  • Putaruru's Pavement Art Trail
  • Arapuni Swing Bridge
  • Sanctuary Mountain - Maungatautari

Mountain & Trail Biking, Cycling

It is probably bested that if you are wanting to find some great tracks you take a drive out towards Taupo, Tauranga or Rotorua.

A Few of the hiking tracks mentioned above to double as trail riding tracks.


There are a lot of great places to get food in Tirau, with a vast variety of different cuisines to match what ever you may be craving. Check out the list below to find food near you.

  • Loose Goose Cafe, Restaurant & Bar
  • Alley Cats Cafe
  • Enchanted Cafe


There are a lot of backpackers/hostels and motels located around the city. Check out below for motels

  • Tirau Motor Inn
  • Rose Lodge Accommodation
  • Oxford Royal Hotel and Steakhouse
Article by: Brett
Category : Towns & Cities

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