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. Inflatable obstacle course will operate daily from 11am-4pm during the School Holidays and Kickstart Programme (intensive type of swim programme) for weeks 1 and 2 will also be available
2. Waipa Libraries Online School Holiday Programme
The theme for this October’s school holiday programme is Out of this World! A programme booklet will be available to collect which will contain activities for children to explore at home. Keep an eye out for online tutorials and some additional activities which will be posted to the Facebook page. Booklets will be available from Wednesday 30 September. A link will also be available here from that date. Suitable for ages 5-12 years.
3. 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. Its 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.
4. 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.
5. FREE: Go adventuring!
Walk around the Cambridge green belt or river trails, visit Mangakawa hill, or for the more adventurous, hike Pirongia mountain and stay in the Paheatua 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.
6. Tivoli Cinema
Lots to choose from! Kids movies include – Paw Patrol The Movie, Boss Baby Family business and Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds.
7. 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
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 Cambridge i-SITE
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 Thursday-Sunday 10am-5pm. Adults $15.00 per game / Students $12.00 per game / Under 5’s – $7.50 (if playing)
13. 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.
Daytime Canyon Kayak Tour and hire: Kids go free with every paying adult. Min 2 adults to confirm a trip or Twilight Kayak Glowworm Tour: Kids are 50% off when booked with a paying adult. Min 2 adults to confirm a trip. T’s & C’s apply. Child age is up to 15yrs. Bookings essential. To book: Enquire at the Cambridge i-SITE or via Riverside Adventures website. (Add the 2 adults and then choose the free/discounted child option.)
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 a 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.
15. 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.
16. 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! Book before 17 October 2021, and visit between 1 – 17 October 2021. Enter promo code KGFOCT21 when booking.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. 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.
20. 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!) 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