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Cambridge is well-suited to those who enjoy a walk or like to get on a bike - whether that's for a gentle ride or to compete against the world's best cyclists.
The town and surrounding areas are mostly flat, and there's hundreds of kilometres of tracks and pathways built especially for those who want to stride or ride.
Within the town itself are a number of planned walks, for which you can pick up descriptions from the Cambridge i-SITE Visitor Centre, beside the Town Hall in Victoria Street. These include walks that celebrate our sporting and equine champions, our trees and our heritage. You can wander along paths beside the country's longest river, not far from the centre of town, or you can undertake the more-challenging Waikato River Trails with about 100km of track that takes you past five lakes and four hydro dams.
Walkers and cyclists can travel 6km from Cambridge to Lake Karapiro on the Te Awa Walk/Cycle Way. From Cambridge, start at the corner of Carlyle and Browning Streets, Leamington, to enjoy 6kms of dedicated pathway to the Mighty River Domain on the shores of Lake Karapiro. Mostly flat, the walk/cycle way runs adjacent to Maungatautari Road and is an enjoyable and safe way to explore areas beyond the town.
In 2013, Cambridge will become the National Home of Cycling for all four disciplines of the sport - indoor, road, BMX and mountain biking - with a world class international velodrome (known as Avantidrome) built beside St Peter's School on State Highway One.
Ramblers have plenty of places to explore close to Cambridge.
Maungatautari mountain, south of Cambridge, is a mature native forest that's now home to some of our country's rarest native birds.
With the help of 47km of predator-proof fencing, Maungatautari now has 3,400 hectares of pest-free mountain reserve, enabling the re-introduction of native birds and protection of endangered species such as kaka, hihi, takahe, giant weta and popokatea.
The Maungakawa Scenic Reserve offers one of the best views of Cambridge and its surrounding area.
Just 8km and a 14-minute drive north-east from Cambridge, the reserve provides walkers with either a short native bush walk (about 20 minutes) or a 40-minute walk from the park to Maungakawa Road.
The Pirongia Forest has a number of planned walks.
The hour-long Mangakara Nature Walk meanders through the forest to the Mangakara Stream, showing off giant rimu, tawa, kohekohe, pukatea and kahitkatea trees. The Nikau Walk takes about two and a half hours, starting from the Kaniwhaniwha car park. Add half an hour to this walk and you can check out the Kaniwhaniwha Caves.