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. 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.
2. FREE: Go adventuring!
Walk around the Cambridge green belt or river trails, up Mangakawa hill, or for the more adventurous, hike up 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.
3. Avantidrome School Holiday Sessions
Book in NOW for the unique school holiday sessions at the Avantidrome. No matter your child’s skill level everyone is welcome to join, from complete beginners through to the more experienced. They are offering a 3-day long Learn to Ride program, which is a great place for kids to start their track cycling journey. Children will be coached towards becoming competent to ride the track like the pro’s!
4. Tivoli Cinema
Lots to choose from! Kids movies include – Tom & Jerry, Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway & Two by Two: Overboard.
5. 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
6. 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.
7. FREE: Cambridge Museum School
Step inside the old Courthouse and discover a treasure trove of artefacts, photographs, and taonga. Cambridge Museum exhibitions reveal intriguing insights into the people and passions that have shaped this area.
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.
15. Waitomo Caves
KIDS Go FREE! One Free Child Per Paying Adult until 30/04/2021 – One child per paying adult on any of their dry cave tours – Waitomo Glowworm Cave, Ruakuri Cave and Aranui Cave. Book with Cambridge i-SITE
16. FREE: Wonderful Waipa Scavenger Hunt
Eight cards that can be picked up from any of the Cambridge and Te Awamutu libraries or museums. There are eight things on each card that participants have to find at each site and also in four parks, two on each side of the district. Each completed card should be returned to one of the libraries or museums, to go into a draw for one of three prizes of a family pass to Hamilton Zoo. There is a Bingo board on the back of the cards with places to visit across the district, completing a line gets a double entry into the draw. Children and their families can choose to do just one card or all of them if they wish. Doing all four cards from one side of the district also earns another entry into the prize draw. Entries close on Friday 30 April 2021. The draw will take place on Monday 3 May 2021.
17. 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