Whether you live here or are just visiting, there are loads of fun things to do in and around Cambridge these school holidays. Here is our pick of some of the best.
1. Tivoli Cinema – Lots to choose from! Kids movies from Saturday 13th include – DUMBO, The Lego Movie 2; Missing Link and Fighting with my Family
2. FREE: Go adventuring! Walk around the Cambridge green belt or river trails, up Mangakawa, or for the more adventurous, hike up Pirongia and stay in a Hut overnight. Available from the Cambridge i-SITE – Cambridge and local walking maps, Pirongia Hut Tickets, Pirongia and Te Aroha Hiking Maps. Pironghia Hut Tickets – $5 adults $2.50 kids.
3. Waitomo Caves – Kids go free unitl 30th April – One child per paying adult on any of their dry cave tours – Waitomo Glowworm Cave, Ruakuri Cave and Aranui Cave. Book with Cambridge i-SITE
4. Visit the “cutest sheep in the world” – Valais Blacknose Sheep – find out more at Cambridge i-SITE 07 823 3456 / www.cambridge.co.nz
5. Visit an Alpaca farm, and also see Llamas, miniature donkeys, goats, horses – find out more at Cambridge i-SITE 07 823 3456 / www.cambridge.co.nz
6. FREE: Café Crawl: as part of the Cambridge Cycling Festival, on now until 25th April – ride/eat/drink/repeat. Ride your bike to participating cafes in April and be in to WIN! Two EVO cycles to be won, drawn at the Cambridge Cycling Festival, 25 April – winners must be present on the day. Over 20 cafes involved and the more stickers you collect, the more chances to win. To register (before you pedal) and for more info: http://www.cambridgecyclingfestival.co.nz/page/cafe-crawl/
7. FREE: Cambridge Museum School Holiday Scavenger Hunt, find the birds, answer the questions and go into a draw to win a family explorer pass to Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari. On throughout the school holidays at the Cambridge Museum, open 10am – 4pm Monday to Friday, weekends and public holidays 10am – 2pm (closed EasterFriday). For more information phone : 827 3319. FREE entry to the museum but donations are always appreciated.
8. Miniature Trains, Leamington Domain, Wordsworth Street, 10am-2pm weather permitting. Covered-toe shoes required. Tickets $2 per ride and under 5’s free with a paying caregiver. Sunday 14th and 21st April
9. Cambridge Cycling Festival, 25th April, Victoria Street – this is a MUST DO!! You can just watch the visual spectacular (park up at one of our award winning cafes) or get involved. Kids’ events start from 1pm, register from 11am. Action packed street-racing for everyone – kids’ events, Olympic Medallists and World Champions racing. Prizes, free kids’ t-shirt and goodie bags. Under 5’s $2 per rider, over 5’s $5 per rider. For more information visit www.cambridgecyclingfestival.co.nz.
10. Sanctuary Mountain – “Kiwi Guardians” Tautari Wetland Guided Tour. Did you know April is Takahē Awareness Month? To celebrate, Kiwi Guardians (5-16 years with an accompanying paying adult) can visit Sanctuary Mountain’s Tautari Wetland for free, where you may view takahē & go searching for well-camouflaged tuatara! Duration: approx. 90 Minutes
11. FREE: On your bike – Avantidrome pump track, Te Awa River ride, Te Miro and Pirongia bike parks are all free and FUN. If you do need to hire a bike – talk to us.
12. FREE: Waikato River Trails – excellent for a walk or a bike, grab hot chocolates and yummy food at Rhubarb Café Arapuni
13. FREE: Hamilton Gardens – The Hamilton Gardens Discovery Trail will take children on a journey where they can explore an enchanting world of secret-themed gardens. Behind every door, there is a magical story and a portal through time to far-flung corners of the world. Explore a lush tropical garden, mystical ancient China or let your imagination loose in the Renaissance Prince’s 16th-century garden. Collect a copy of the free Discovery Trail at their Information Centre on site.
14 Cambridge Mini Golf – 11 Campbell Street, Leamington. Enjoy a unique themec course from $7.50 – see if you can spot a koru, a map of New Zealand hole, several water features, and much more! 18 hole course, achievable for all ages 2 and up, great family fun. Picnic table area where you can enjoy your own food. Open Tuesday-Wednesday 9:30am-6pm, Thursday-Sunday 9:30am-7pm. Adults $15.00 per game / Students $12.00 per game / Under 5’s – $7.50 (if playing)
15. FREE: ANZAC Light Show, Wednesday 24th April, outside Cambridge Town Hall, Victoria St, 6pm-8.45pm (if it’s not too late!) – Wednesday 24th April and then…..rustle them out of bed for ANZAC Dawn Service, Cenotaph, Cambridge Town Hall Plaza, Victoria St, 6am. Muster 5.45am on Plaza
16. Kayak or Bike with Lake District Adventures – 1 child free on any hire or tour with every paying adult. In a beautiful setting just south of Cambridge you can hire kayaks and bikes (kids bikes and seats available) and explore the river and paths around the Mighty Waikato, or get a guided kayak gloworm trip. Valid till end of April. Kayak hire – no age limit. Tours minimum age 8 for glowworms and 5 for daytime tours.
17. Over the Moon Dairy, Victoria Street. Take the kids for a real treat – a decadent, locally made, “Duck Island’ icecream – and you can try their award winning cheese while you are there.
17. A choice of Markets
Saturday 13th and 21st
Cambridge Farmers Market – Victoria Square 8am-12noon –
Trash n Treasure Market (Kids love this one!) Victoria and Duke Streets, 8am-1pm. Browse over 100 stalls while listening to the Cambridge Pipe Band. Lots of yummy food and coffee.
Bloom Collective Market, Leamington Domain, Wordsworth St, 9am-2pm. An artisan makers market with gourmet food trucks, high-quality artisan crafters, makers, designers and collectors in a village styled layout with live music!
Tamahere Country Market, St Stephen’s Church, Airport Rd, Tamahere, 8.30am-1pm.
Tamahere Antique and Collectors Fair, Tamahere Community Hall, 21 Devine Rd. Showcasing a wide variety of antiques, curios, collectables and bric-a-brac.
Come and see us at the Cambridge i-SITE for information on the above and more – we are your FREE resource so you can enjoy our town! We are in the Town Hall, cnr of Queen & Victoria Streets, Cambridge / 07 823 3456 / www.cambridge.co.nz