Student Information


The New Zealand Cheese School is upstairs Over the Moon Dairy Company, housed in a 2-storey black building next to the BP service station in the heart of Putaruru. It is on State Highway 1 near the large roundabout.

We are about an hour from Hamilton and Rotorua and an hour and a 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.


Information about Putaruru

Visit for general information and advice about visiting our great little town.


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

  • Kea Motel (350 metres)
    07 882 1590or
    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 Hotel (500 metres)
    79 Princes Street, Putaruru
    07 883 3911
  • 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 (also Hamilton Airport to Putaruru)
    07 823 2559
  • Luxury Airport Shuttle
    0800 454 678
  • Minibus Express
    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!


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.


All course fees are fully refundable up until 30 days prior to the course start date.

If you withdraw from a course between 8 and 30 days prior to the course start date, a $50 fee will be charged. The remainder of the course fee paid will be refunded no later than the 20th of the month following notice of your cancellation.

If you withdraw from a course 7 days or less prior to the course start date, no refund will be given.

The New Zealand Cheese School may, at its discretion, agree to transfer your enrollment to another course. An administration fee may be charged.

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