Cambridge is an awesome base for the whole family – come check us out for your next school holidays. Below you will find our pick of the best for the small people but don’t forget the eat, drink and shop options for the big kids too.
Perry Aquatic Centre (Cambridge Pools)
The Perry Aquatic Centre is a brand new facility that opened in 2021. It consists of an indoor 10 lane 25m pool, a learner/hydrotherapy pool, tots pools and splash pad. the 50m outdoor pool is currently closed.
Every day during the school holidays and on weekends/public holidays, the inflatable runs at the following times:
11am – 12pm, 12pm – 1pm, 1pm – 2pm, 2pm – 3pm, 3pm – 4pm
Cost for the inflatable is $4.00 per session. minimum age is 5 years. For more information, visit their website www.gowaipa.com/perry-aquatic-centre
A super cool cinema to visit with comfy seats, yummy treats for adults and kids, and lots of room. There are many films to choose from including Fantastic Beasts – The Secrets of Dumbledore and Everything Everywhere All At Once. Find out more at https://www.tivolicinema.co.nz/cambridge/
Visit an Alpaca Farm
Also see Llamas, miniature donkeys, goats, black-nose sheep, bison, horses – find out more at Cambridge i-SITE 07 823 3456. Read more about it here https://www.cambridge.co.nz/things-to-do/alpaca-experience/
Ride like an Olympian at the Grassroots Trust Velodrome!
During school holidays you can experience some unique holiday sessions at the Grassroots Trust Velodrome. No matter your skill level everyone is welcome to join, from complete beginners through to the more experienced and bike and helmet are supplied. Children must be 135 cm in height and at least 10 years old to ride the track. they generally offer two options:
Junior Have-a-Go (1.5hrs). A chance to come and try the track (for first timers) under the supervision of experienced coaches. Book ahead to avoid disappointment.
Junior Learn to Ride sessions – get accredited to ride the Track. Get coached towards becoming competent to ride the track, no previous experience required. Accreditation is dependent on skill, confidence and fitness level.
For more info visit www.velodrome.nz
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, every 1st & 3rd Sunday.
You can check their facebook page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/CambridgeModelEngineering/
Waipa Libraries Online School Holiday Program
Visit to chill in the kids corner with a book or check out their holiday programs – there is always something on. Visit their website for the latest info:
Velosolutions Pump Track Cambridge
The Velosolutions Pump Track in Cambridge offers a fun 196m long track and fun 222m jump track joined by a bowl in the middle of the two. It is located next door to the Perry Aquatic Centre (Cambridge Pools) and a skate park. It’s a great place for the entire family to enjoy and play on. With a footprint of over 2300m2 the track is the largest pump track in Oceania, surrounded by grass, trees and picnic tables.
FREE: Go adventuring!
Walk around the Cambridge green belt or river trails, visit Maungakawa Hill, or for the more adventurous, hike Pirongia mountain and stay in the Paheatua Hut overnight. Visit the Cambridge i-SITE for all the information you need plus maps for Cambridge, Pirongia, Sanctuary Mountain and Te Aroha trails. Pirongia Hut Tickets are also available – $5 adults $2.50 kids (bookings required) and we (Cambridge i-SITE) hire personal locator beacons and sell freeze-dried food from Radix.
FREE: biking options for the whole family....
Gallagher Pump Track, Velosolutions 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 Cambridge i-SITE – pre-bookings required for E-Bikes.
Kayak or Bike with Riverside Adventures
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. Guided gloworm kayak experiences also available. Enquire at the Cambridge i-SITE or via Riverside Adventures website. https://www.riversideadventures.co.nz/
Jet Boat on the Waikato River with Camjet
Experience the Mighty Waikato River and Jet Boat New Zealand with CAMJET. Want to get your family’s hearts pumping and adrenalin flowing Right here in Cambridge NZ? Do I hear a “Hell Yes”? That’s why Cambridge Jet (Camjet) is holding an Extreme Kids Party deal. Make Cambridge’s, “most exciting attraction” one of those Great Family Memories. This is the way to tick adventure, excitement and adrenalin off the list all at once, at a great rate. https://www.camjet.co.nz/
Visit Sanctuary Mountain
Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is a mainland ecological island. Surrounded by one of the world’s longest pest-proof fences, Sanctuary Mountain’s ancient forest offers a sanctuary for populations of many of our most endangered species such as birds, skinks, geckos, frogs, bats, and insects. Guided or self guided walks all week long. https://www.sanctuarymountain.co.nz/home
The Sculpture Park at Waitakaruru Arboretum
The Sculpture Park at Waitakaruru Arboretum is a former quarry that has been transformed into a 17.5 hectare arboretum with close to 30,000 trees from around the world. The Art-in-Nature Arboretum Trust runs the park, providing environmental and creative inspiration for all ages. All of the sculptures are NZ made, some tell thought-provoking NZ stories. https://www.sculpturepark.co.nz/
Step inside the old Courthouse and discover a treasure trove of artefacts, photographs, and taonga. The Cambridge Museums exhibitions reveal intriguing insights into the people and passions that have shaped this area. They have an extensive collection of artefacts and archives relating to the history of Cambridge, its districts and people. https://cambridgemuseum.org.nz/
Hit the Markets
Every Saturday Cambridge Farmers Market – Victoria Square 8am-12 noon
2nd Sunday of the month
Cambridge Market, Trash n Treasure (Kids love this one!) 8am-1pm. Browse over 100 stalls while listening to the Cambridge Pipe Band. Lots of yummy food and coffee. Location changes due to Covid – please check here first https://www.cambridgemarket.nz/
3rd Saturday of the month
Tamahere Country Market, St Stephen’s Church, Airport Rd, Tamahere, 8.30am-1pm.
Waikato River Trails
Excellent for a walk or a bike, grab hot chocolates and yummy food at Rhubarb Café, Arapuni. Maps and info available from the Cambridge i-SITE. https://www.waikatorivertrails.co.nz/
Bring the tamariki along for a magical glowworm experience, with one free child per paying adult on Waitomo Glowworm Cave, Ruakuri and Aranui Cave tours – it’s fun for the whole family. https://www.waitomo.com/
Hobbiton Movie Set
Glimpse behind the scenes of The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings movies on a guided tour. Enter Middle-earth™ on the world-famous Hobbiton™ Movie Set Tour. Bookings essential (book direct or with the Cambridge i-SITE) NZ Tourism Award Winner.
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