Phone 07 823 3456

Contact Person Cambridge i-SITE Visitor Centre

Address Cambridge, New Zealand View Map

Email info@cambridge.co.nz

Website https://www.cambridge.co.nz/events/


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. Perry Aquatic Centre (Cambridge Pools)
The Perry Aquatic Centre is a brand new facility that opened on 15 May 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

2. Tivoli Cinema

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/

3. 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/

4. Ride like an Olympian at the Grassroots Trust Velodrome!

During these school holidays you can experience their 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. Two options

Junior Have-a-Go (1.5hrs). When: Tuesday 19th April 10:00am  – 11:30pm and Tuesday 26th April 10:00am – 11:30am

What: A chance to come and try the track under the supervision of one of our experienced coaches

Who for: For non-accredited kids (i.e. not those that have already qualified to ride the track)

Cost: $25 per person

Please note – book ahead to avoid disappointment (limited numbers), wear tops that cover your shoulders, singlets are not permitted. Bike and helmet are supplied. Bring a snack and water – it’s hard work!

Junior Learn to Ride sessions

This is a great place for kids to start their track cycling journey. They will be coached towards becoming competent to ride the track, no previous experience required. Please note that participation in this program does not guarantee that the riders will become competent to ride the track (accredited). The Velodrome coaches will do everything to try and make this possible but sometimes it just takes longer for certain people dependent on their skill, confidence, and fitness level.

Please note: Children must be 135 m in height and at least 10 years old to ride the track at the Grassroots Trust Velodrome.  For more info visit www.velodrome.nz

5. 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.

You can check their facebook page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/CambridgeModelEngineering/

6. Waipa Libraries Online School Holiday Program

April is traditionally Art month for our libraries, but due to current restrictions they are looking to inspire creativity at home. With ANZAC Day approaching, this month’s “Off the Page” challenge is to create a poppy or artwork honouring the men and women of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

The contributing pieces will be added to an exhibition that will be visited by a Brigadier and Colonel in Cambridge Library on the morning of Friday 22 April. Children are invited to come along and meet them and share in an ANZAC biscuit or two.

Check the website for other activities at the library https://www.waipalibraries.org.nz/

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. Cambridge Mini Golf

Based at 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. Check for opening hours Adults $15.00 per game / Students $12.00 per game / Under 5’s – $7.50 (if playing)

11. 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/

12. 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/

13. 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

14. 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/

15. Cambridge Museum

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/

16. A choice of 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!)  9am-1pm.  Browse over 200 stalls.  Lots of yummy food and coffee. Location Memorial Park 62 Taylor Street  https://www.cambridgemarket.nz/

3rd Saturday of the month
Tamahere Country Market, St Stephen’s Church, Airport Rd, Tamahere, 8.30am-1pm.

 

Further afield:

17. FREE: 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/

18. Waitomo Caves
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/

19. 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

School Holidays Guide

Cambridge, New Zealand

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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

Tauranga

1 hr

Waitomo Caves

50 min

Auckland

1 hr 45 min

Raglan

1 hr

Rotorua

1 hr

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