Te Puru is a locality on the western side of the Coromandel Peninsula of New Zealand. State Highway 25 runs through it. Tapu lies about 7 km to the north, and Thames is about 12 km to the south. The Te Puru Stream and about 18 tributaries drain a steep hilly 23 km² area of the Coromandel Range, almost entirely covered by native forest. It runs through the settlement and into the Firth of Thames to the west. Flooding has been a problem.
The population for Te Puru and Thornton Bay to the south was 942 in the 2006 Census, a decrease of 12 from 2001.
Te Puru suffered severe flooding during the 'weather bomb 2002'. The weather bomb was a low-pressure system that led to extensive flooding on the Coromandel Peninsula and the south-west Waikato region. Te Puru and Waiomu were included in the ‘high impact’ area of the storm. Private and public property was damaged during the flood.
- Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. pp. map 16. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8.
- Roger Smith, GeographX (2005). The Geographic Atlas of New Zealand. Robbie Burton. pp. map 40. ISBN 1-877333-20-4.
- "Proposals for Te Puru" (PDF). Environment Waikato.
- Quickstats about Te Puru-Thornton Bay
- "Te Kete Ipurangi - Te Puru School". Ministry of Education.
- NIWA - June 2002 Upper North Island Weather Bomb.
- Ministry for the Environment - The Waikato Weather Bomb: Understanding the impact.
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