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While Cambridge is inland, you'll still see many vehicles towing pleasure boats as their owners head off for a day on the water.

jetboating cambridge-isiteAnd with one of the world's most beautiful lakes within minutes of the town, it's not difficult to understand why.

Lake Karapiro offers eight square kilometres of boat-friendly water, surrounded by lovely bush and trees and soaring hills. You'll find all sorts of craft on the lake from tin dinghies to pleasure craft.

There are a number of public and private boat ramps providing access to the lake, including:

  • Mighty River Domain, Lake Karapiro 
  • Riverside Park, off Dominion Avenue, concrete with limited parking.
  • Bobs Landing, off SH1, at Maungatautari Road intersection, metal access to lake, limited parking.
  • Keeley Reserve, off SH1, near Ferguson Gully Road, concrete, toilets, picnic area, limited parking.
  • Moana Roa Reserve, off SH1, near Kentucky Road, concrete, toilets, plenty of parking, water ski area.
  • Horahora Domain, off SH1, off Maungatautari Road, concrete, toilets, plenty of parking, water ski area.
  • Little Waipa Reserve, off SH1, off Horahora Road, single gravel ramp, shallow, toilet, camping area, picnic area, plenty of parking.


Crafts of all types enter the annual Cambridge to Hamilton race as part of September's Waikato River Festival. Entrants can use any type of class of boat to take part in the race which starts at the Riverside Park.

Under 18s and those looking for less exertion can enter a shorter version of the race, setting off from Narrow's Landing, 11km from the finish line in Hamilton.


The Boatshed Kayaks

Kayak hire, Paddle boarding, Lake Karapiro trips, Glow worm trips, Multisport training, Waterfalls.
Open Wednesday - Sunday 9am-5pm.


Speeding up the Mighty Waikato In a 450 hp V8 Jet Boat is going to get the Heart Pumping, Adrenalin flowing and the faces smiling. Ideal for you and your whole family, workgroup, friends,anyone who likes adventure, fun, speed or scenery.

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