The event has been growing each year with more than 3,000 competitors and 5,000 spectators attending the week of racing in 2012.
The regatta is one of 30 national waka ama events staged between October and April each year by the sport's national body, Nga Kaihoe O Aotearoa (Waka Ama New Zealand).
Though the popularity of the Waka Ama Regatta fills the town, Cambridge always copes with the influx of visitors. As well as motels and B&B accommodation, the town has a number of camping options and venues capable of hosting large numbers.
For more information contact the Cambridge i-SITE Information Centre beside the Town Hall.