Phone 07 823 3456

Contact Person Cambridge i-SITE


Canoeing is one of many watersports to make use of Lake Karapiro and its facilities, with the country’s best paddlers expected to train there in pursuit of appearances at future Olympiads and world championships.

In 2010, Sport New Zealand announced that Lake Karapiro would become the home of Canoe Racing New Zealand’s High Performance centre, a move aimed at helping the sport recapture its glory days from the 1980s when Ian Ferguson, Paul McDonald and other Kiwis won Olympic Gold.

Racing conditions are usually excellent on the lake because of its contours and protection from high winds, thanks to the surrounding hills and and shoreline trees. That’s also why the lake is favoured by kayakers, waka (outrigger canoe) enthusiasts and small yacht owners.

Canoeists can also paddle along the Waikato River, choosing whether to exert themselves or simply take in the scenery.

For information, contact the Cambridge i-SITE Information Centre beside the Town Hall.

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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