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Come home to nature!

Beautiful bush and mountains, the country’s longest river and a stunning lake that draws visitors from all around the world ... There’s no doubt about it, we’ve been blessed by nature in Cambridge.

You can experience it for yourself by planning a break in Cambridge, the town that makes you feel at home.

We’re at the centre of one of New Zealand’s most beautiful regions and you can use our town as a base to enjoy many natural attractions including:

The Town of Trees

Cambridge has been known as the Town of Trees for more than a century,since early seƩ lers started a tradition of planting rare and exotic trees from all over the world. You’ll find the widest range of trees found anywhere in the country when you wander the tree–lined streets and parks of Cambridge.

Sanctuary Mountain

The mature native forest at Maungatautari is home to some of our country’s rarest native birds. With the help of 47km of predator–proof fencing, Sanctuary Mountain has 3,400 hectares of pest–free mountain reserve, enabling the re–introduction of native birds and protection of endangered species.

Get on the water

With Lake Karapiro and the mighty Waikato River on your doorstep, there are plenty of activities to choose from. You can water ski, row or paddle in a canoe or kayak. Or you can fish for trout in the lake or nearby streams, or take a jet boat up the river.

Walks and cycle ways

Whether you fancy a gentle stroll along our town’s river walks or beside Lake Ko Utu, or a bike ride on the 100km Waikato River Trails, we’ve got a healthy exercise option to suit you. Walk or cycle the 6km pathway from Leamington to Lake Karapiro.

Glorious views

The Maungakawa Scenic Reserve, just a few minutes from town, offers one of the best views of Cambridge, and the surrounding Waikato and Hauraki Plains. Some days it’s possible to see Mount Ruapehu and Mount Taranaki in the distance.

Wonderful gardens

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. They include 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. Many owners of private gardens are willing to share the splendour of their creations with visitors.

Pack a picnic

Cambridge is a great place to take the family for a picnic, whether it’s under the trees in Victoria Square, or beside Lake Te Koo Utu in the domain. For a slightly more challenging picnic, take the bush walk at the Maungakawa Scenic Reserve or head to the luscious Pirongia Forest.

At the end of the day ...

When you’ve enjoyed your day in the great outdoors, come home to Cambridge and spend a comfortable night either at one of our town’s eight motels or 75 bed and breakfasts.

Parks aplenty

For a town of only 18,400 residents, Cambridge provides access to a huge amount of public park land.

The Waipa District Council manages 132 separate park and reserve sites, covering more than 3,450 hectares of land — that’s the equivalent of more than 3,000 football pitches.

Of this land, more than 2,700 hectares is set aside for 14 conservation reserves. The council provides 20 sports parks, 32 neighbourhood parks, 40 general amenity parks and four premier reserves. The remaining 14 sites are used for a variety of purposes including livestock grazing.

The highest-profile council park is the 19–hectare Mighty River Domain at 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.

Plan it now!

Ready to find out more or to book your visit to Cambridge?

The Cambridge i–SITE Information Centre can help you plan or book any of the activities described here. We’re on the corner of Queen and Victoria Streets, Cambridge — next to the Town Hall.
Phone: 07 823 3456
Fax: 07 823 3457
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