Today you'll find New Zealand natives alongside trees from different continents. Planting programmes will ensure the town remains an attraction for visitors and native birds that are drawn by the berry and nectar trees.
Cambridge has produced many sporting champions including Mark Todd (winner of five Olympic medals for equestrian events over 28 years), Sarah Ulmer (world champion cyclist), Brooke La Pine (world class archer), Joelle King (squash champion), Sarah Walker (BMX champion) and many world-title rowers such as Rob Waddell, Mahé Drysdale, double Olympic Champions Evers-Swindell twins, Georgina and Caroline, and 2012 Olympic gold medalists Hamish Bond and Eric Murray.
Some of the world's greatest racehorses have been bred within minutes of Cambridge - including 13 Melbourne Cup winners - with sires such as Sir Tristram and Zabeel heading a list of equine royalty.
Other notable residents have excelled in fields as diverse as music (rock band The Datsuns hail from Cambridge) to mathematics (eminent mathematician Sir Vaughan Jones, winner of the Fields Medal) and comedy (the late Billy T. James lived and attended school in Leamington).
In business, Cambridge is at the centre of the rural area so important to New Zealand's largest company, Fonterra, and hosts companies that provide services to the world, such as Car Park Technologies, who supply systems to car parking companies in Australia, Asia, the United Kingdom and the Middle East.