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Cambridge is a delight for visitors who enjoy taking home photographs to remind them of their stay in the Town of Trees.

The following landmarks are just some of those that appeal for photo opportunities:

lake-karapiro-aerial cambridge-isiteWaikato River

There are spectacular views of New Zealand's longest river from the Victoria Bridge, opened in 1907, or from the banks of the river as you head towards the Riverside Reserve. From there you can take the Camjet for a spin up the river to Karapiro Dam.

Lake Karapiro

Water, native bush and luscious green hills create an endless range of opportunities for the outdoor photographer - and there's usually something happening on the lake whether it's a sports event or someone having a paddle or fishing for trout.

Maungatautari Ecological Island

This 3,400 hectares of pest-free mountain reserve is a sanctuary for native birds and endangered species - it's a chance to get up close to nature.

Panoramic views

If you like landscapes, the best views can be found at the top of the Maungakawa Scenic Reserve (8km and a 14-minute drive north-east from Cambridge). On a fine day, you can see as far as Mount Ruapehu and Mount Taranaki.

Home of Champions

If you fancy a gentle stroll, check out Cambridge's tribute to our equine and sporting heroes. Wander along Duke St to find 25 plaques honouring the achievements of local stars in the town's Sporting Walk of Fame, and as you turn into Victoria Street, look for 18 mosaics set into the footpath of prominent local horses. On the wall beside the ANZ in Victoria St, you'll find a special collection of plaques honouring our 13 (and counting) Melbourne Cup winners.

Heritage walks

The Cambridge Museum website has maps of a number of local walks with landmarks described. These walks guide you through different aspects of local life - a Business Walk, A Tour of Churches, the Cambridge Domain, Leamington, Waikato River and the Suburbs Walk.

Wander around the town and you'll see classic colonial buildings such as Cambridge Primary School (1879), the Town Hall (1909) and the Old Court House (1909) which now houses our local museum. The town's original Post Office (now the restaurant called GPO) was built in 1908 but its clock tower was removed in 1934 (after the Napier earthquake sparked fears it could topple) and it now stands in Jubilee Gardens.

Mare and foal sculpture

Outside the Town Hall in Victoria Street, proudly displayed to the thousands who drive past each day, is a life-sized bronze sculpture of a mare and her foal. Unveiled in March 2004, the 850kg statue was commissioned by the Waipa District Council, with financial support from the local equine industry, so the town could acknowledge the vast contribution made to its fortunes by horses.


Two Cambridge churches are among the most photographed in the region and are within sight of each other. St Andrew's Anglican Church is one of the oldest buildings in Cambridge, having been built in 1881 and the tip of its spire is the highest point in town. Across Victoria Street is a converted church, the award-winning Cambridge Country Store which is painted pink. It was build in 1898 and is now reputed to be New Zealand's largest craft centre.

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Town Clock

The Cambridge Clock was originally in a tower of the Post Office. This current tower was built to house the clock after it was removed after the Napier earthquake. The clock was restarted at 3pm on 5 October 1934

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