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 Nature has been kind to Cambridge, blessing the town with trees, parks and gardens that provide a stunning palette of colours as the seasons change.

Residents and visitors have easy access to parks such as the 19-hectare Mighty River Domain, beside Lake Karapiro, while the nearest to the town centre are Victoria Square, the Leamington Domain and the 17.6-hectare Cambridge Domain which includes Lake Te Koo Utu.

The Maungakawa Scenic Reserve offers one of the best views of Cambridge and its surrounding area, and is the closest Department of Conservation reserve to the town. Just 8km and a 14-minute drive north-east from Cambridge, the reserve is particularly beautiful during spring when daffodils and other flowers are in bloom.

The Pirongia Forest Park comprises four separate blocks of land and is about 90km and 90 minutes' drive from Cambridge. It has some challenging walks and is best known for its towering landmarks, the volcanic cones of the 959-metre high Mount Pirongia, and the 756-metre high summit of Mount Kariori.

Dozens of public and private gardens are open to visitors, all within easy distance of Cambridge and which showcase the stunning beauty of New Zealand's flora and fauna.

The biggest of these are the Hamilton Gardens, between the Waikato River and State Highway One on the Cambridge approach to Hamilton, which are the Waikato's most popular visitor attraction, drawing up to a million visitors a year.

In addition, many owners of private gardens are willing to share the splendour of their creations with visitors, though it's wise to make appointments first.

Trees, of course, play a significant part in Cambridge's natural beauty. Known as The Town of Trees, its streets and parks have been lined with some of the country's most impressive trees since early settlers started planting exotic imported trees in the 1860s.

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