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Cambridge has many fascinating buildings and sites of historical significance.

Wander around the town and you'll see classic colonial buildings such as St Andrew's Anglican Church (1881), Cambridge Primary School (1879), the Town Hall (1909) and the Old Court House (1909) which now houses our local museum.

Band rotunda Leamington Domain 320 x 213Victoria Bridge was built in the United States and shipped to Cambridge in pieces where it became the first braced arch bridge in Australasia when opened by the Governor, Lord Plunket, in 1907.

The town's original Post Office (now the restaurant called Alpino Cucino & Vino) 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.

The area has a number of historical sites where battles were fought during the Invasion of the Waikato by British troops in the 1860s. The most significant site is 20 minutes from Cambridge, just outside Te Awamutu, where the battle at Orakau (known as Rewi's Last Stand) marked the end of the Waikato war in 1864.

In 2014, the Waipa District Council commemorates the 150th anniversary of the battle in which 300 Maori held out for three days when heavily outnumbered.

The council also plans to highlight other key sites including the Hingakaka battle site in the southern catchment of Lake Ngaroto where in the late 1700s, Tainui warriors fought tribes from the central and lower North Island.

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. The i-SITE Information Centre can provide a map.

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