Known as the Town of Trees for its diverse groves, it was commended as having “world-class beauty” and a strong community spirit in the Keep New Zealand Beautiful annual awards.

Cambridge was given the honour at the Toitū Otago Settlers Museum in Dunedin on Thursday night.

Internationally-renowned celebrity chef Michael Van de Elzen was a judge, along with Keep New Zealand Beautiful chief executive Heather Saunderson.

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The perfect base to explore
New Zealand's central North Island

Cambridge is close to some of New Zealand's major international attractions like Hobbiton, Waitomo Caves, Hamilton Gardens and Tauranga. Yet with plenty of unique local attractions, events and dining options - and a friendly, relaxed town ambience - you may not want to leave!

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Sanctuary Mountain

30 min

Hamilton Gardens

15 min

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1 hr

Waitomo Caves

50 min


1 hr 45 min


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