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. Ice Rink (Cambridge Raceway)
Come ice skating at the Cambridge Raceway these school holidays! 10 – 13 July 2021
A fun activity for the whole family to enjoy! Ice Skate Tour artificial ice rinks are state of the art. They look just like natural ice and have 97% of the same gliding capacity but without the cold.
2. FREE: Letters to Le Quesnoy
These school holidays the Cambridge – Le Quesnoy Friendship Association is encouraging Cambridge Children ages 6-12yrs to write to school children at Chevray Primary School in Le Quesnoy, our Sister City in France. Pick up your free post card at the Cambridge i-SITE, library or museum, write a message in English or French including your age and if you would like a reply please add your address. “Post” in the boxes provided at the i-SITE, library or museum before 5pm Friday 23rd July, and all the postcards will be sent off together to Chevray school.
3. FREE: Geocaching
Download the free Geocaching app and start your outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. Sign the logbook and return the geocache to its original location.
4. FREE: Go adventuring!
Walk around the Cambridge green belt or river trails, visit Mangakawa hill, or for the more adventurous, hike climb Pirongia mountain and stay in a Hut overnight. Visit the Cambridge i-SITE for Cambridge and local walking maps, Pirongia, Sanctuary Mountain and Te Aroha Hiking Maps. Pirongia Hut Tickets are also available – $5 adults $2.50 kids – plus personal locator beacons and Freeze-dried food from Radix.
5. Tivoli Cinema
Lots to choose from! Kids movies include – Space Jam: A New Legacy, Cranstons Academy: Monster Zone, Moonbound, Spirit and Cruella
6. 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
7. Over the Moon Dairy
Located in Victoria Street. Take the kids for a real treat – a decadent, locally made, “Duck Island’ ice-cream – and you can try their award winning cheese while there.
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, every 1st & 3rd Sunday.
9. 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.
10. FREE: Waikato River Trails
Excellent for a walk or a bike, grab hot chocolates and yummy food at Rhubarb Café, Arapuni
11. 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.
12. Cambridge Mini Golf
11 Campbell Street, Leamington. Enjoy a unique themed 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)
13. Kayak or Bike with Lake District 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, or get a guided kayak glowworm trip. Kayak hire – no age limit. Tours minimum age 8 for glowworms and 5 for daytime tours.
14. 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. CHILDREN Go FREE (16 and under) during School Holidays for highlight tour & Self-guided. Maximum 2 children per paying adult. Children’s activities will also be available on site.
15. Waitomo Caves
Weekday family Waitomo Glowworm cave tour for just $99! Book before 30/07/21 using code JULY99, valid for tours between 28/06/21-30/07/21 (includes school holidays).– Waitomo Glowworm Cave, Ruakuri Cave and Aranui Cave.
16. A choice of Markets
Cambridge Farmers Market – Victoria Square 8am-12 noon
2nd Sunday of the month
Cambridge Market, Trash n Treasure (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.
3rd Saturday of the month
Tamahere Country Market, St Stephen’s Church, Airport Rd, Tamahere, 8.30am-1pm.
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