New Zealand Cheese School
Ph: +64 7 883 8239

Information for residential students

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How to find us

 The Cheese School is upstairs above Over the Moon Dairy Co housed in a 2-storey black buildingnext to the BP Service Station right in the middle of Putaruru. It is on State Highway 1 and near the large roundabout.

We are about an hour from Hamilton and Rotorua and an hour and quarter from Taupo by car. We are also on the route for buses between Auckland and Wellington. If you are coming into any of the airports (Rotorua, Hamilton or Taupo) you will need to hire a car and drive as there is no efficient public transport.


Accomodation: B&Bs

 Listed according to distance from the Cheese School, first is closest

Accomodation: Hotels and Motels

Putaruru Hotel 500 metres
79 Princes Street Putaruru 078833911  

Kea Motel 350 metres
ph 07 8821590,
  • May be able to offer a pick-up and drop-off service to Hamilton Airport
  • Ask for a quiet room away from the road
Putaruru Arms Motel. 550 metres
07-883 8307

There is a supermarket in Putaruru,a small range of takeaway options and a food court with pizza, Indian, Thai, Indonesian, sushi and a cafe. There is a restaurant at the Putaruru Hotel a number of restaurants in Tirau, 8km north of Putaruru.


Shuttle buses from Auckland to Putaruru and return:

  • Road Cat, ph 07 8232559 (also Hamilton Airport to Putaruru)
  • Luxury Airport Shuttle, ph 0800 454 678
  • Minibus Express, ph 0800 64 64 28
There is a coach service from Auckland - Intercity or Naked Bus


Please park as far up Neal Street as you can (this is the street off SH1 adjacent to Over the Moon Dairy/New Zealand Cheese School) towards or in Cambridge Street which is further up on the left off Neal Street. This will help to keep the other businesses near us happy!

People with disabilities

Please contact us prior to enrolling in a course to discuss your requirements and we'll do our best to ensure our venues are accessible to you.

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