FREE Activities

1. 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. Head to the Cambridge i-SITE for resources to explore safely… Free Cambridge Map, Outdoor Kids Guide, Four Mountains Map, Pirongia Hut Tickets ($5 adults $2.50 kids), Pirongia and Te Aroha Hiking Maps and more.

2. FREE:  Cambridge Museum: Town Teasers by Cambridge Museum: 30-60 min activity for all ages. Can you find features and facts around town using the Museum’s new heritage discovery app (available on mobile). Pick up an activity sheet at the Museum. 24 Victoria Street. Open 10 am – 4 pm Monday to Friday, 10 am – 2pm Saturdays & Sundays. Free entry.  

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3. FREE: On your bike – Avantidrome pump track, Te Awa River ride, Te Miro and Pirongia bike parks are all free and FUN. Plus we have a brand new world class Pump Track, Dominion Ave. If you do need to hire a bike – talk to us – we have all options covered.

10 Top Cycle Options & VIDEO here


4. FREE: Waikato River Trails – excellent for a walk or a bike ride, grab hot chocolates and yummy food at Rhubarb Café Arapuni.

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Go Rural!

5. Visit an Alpaca Farm – and you will also get to see Bison, Llamas, Goats,  Miniature Donkeys, Blacknose Sheep, and more. Priced from $60 for four people. Contact the Cambridge i-SITE for more information (07-823-3456)

6. Visit the “cutest sheep in the world” – Valais Blacknose Sheep. Spring is the perfect time to visit as Lambs are available to view and play with. You will also meet their Gyspy Vanner Horses  and the chooks!  Contact the Cambridge i-SITE for more information (07-823-3456)

7. Learn where your milk comes from with a Dairy Farm Tour at Alexander Organics – they will cater the tour to your requirements and also have a market garden and other animals.

View and Book Rural Experiences here


Indoor Activiities

8. Tivoli Cinema Cambridge – featuring “Four Kids and It”, “Cats & Dogs 3”,  “100% Wolf” and more! Checkout their Schedule on their Website

9. Visit our world class Avantidrome. It is free to head inside and have a look around and chances are you will see our elite athletes training. Make sure you walk around the top of the trackt to truly appreciate the steep wooden track. These school holidays they have a full program of events. Find out more and book:


10. Cambridge Library: Pop in for a visit and spend some time in their kids zone reading and relaxing. They are holding a “Virtual School holiday programme” and packs  are available for collection from 21 September. Tutorials online from Monday 28 September. There will also be a  “Get Active 2020” program. Participating providers and some free classes provided by the Library. Pick up an activity passport from the Library.  Parents and caregivers please note children under 14 must be accompanied by a suitable caregiver at all times. Find out all you need to know at:

Waipa Libraries



Get Adventurous

11. Sanctuary Mountain – Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is a world class conservation project  that aims to continue species re-introductions and breeding programmes to create biodiversity in a sound ecological environment. At 3400 hectares,  it is one of the largest pest-proof fenced projects in the world. This pest-proof fence is 47km long and offers a safe haven for many of New Zealand’s most endangered species – from birds to bats, frogs to reptiles, tuatara to giant weta.

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12. Take a kayak trip with The BoatShed Kayaks or Lake District Adventures. Day trip or glowworm trip – this will create special family memories. Check with operators re age, generally 5+ for day trip and 8+ for evening. 

13. Jet Boat Trip with Camjet Cambridge – the kids will love this one! Choose from thrills and spills or a more serene ecological trip on the Mighty Waikato.

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14. Cambridge Mini Golf – 11 Campbell Street, Leamington. Enjoy a unique themed course and treasure hunt these school holidays. 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-Sunday 10am -5pm through the School Holidays. Check their facebook page for more info – Cambridge Mini Golf

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15.  Cambridge Farmers Market – Victoria Square 8am-12noon – every Saturday.

16. Miniature Trains, Leamington Domain, Wordsworth Street. Children under 5 ride free with an accompanied fare paying passenger. Trains operate every Sunday of the month 10am – 2pm weather permitting. Single ride ($2) or concession tickets available. For live updates to check if they are running – head to their Facebook Page.

Come and see our friendly staff at 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 /

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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!

Attractions Map

Sanctuary Mountain

30 min

Hamilton Gardens

15 min

Cambridge i-Site


1 hr

Waitomo Caves

50 min


1 hr 45 min


1 hr


1 hr