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. Tivoli Cinema
Lots to choose from! Kids movies from Saturday 13th include – DUMBO, The Lego Movie 2; Missing Link and Fighting with my Family
2. FREE: Go adventuring!
Walk around the Cambridge green belt or river trails, up Mangakawa, or for the more adventurous, hike up Pirongia and stay in a Hut overnight. Available from the Cambridge i-SITE – Cambridge and local walking maps, Pirongia Hut Tickets, Pirongia and Te Aroha Hiking Maps. Pironghia Hut Tickets – $5 adults $2.50 kids.
3. Waitomo Caves
Kids go free 1 April – 31 July 2019 – 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
4. Visit the “Cutest Sheep in the World”
Valais Blacknose Sheep – find out more at Cambridge i-SITE 07 823 3456
5. Visit an Alpaca farm
Also see Llamas, miniature donkeys, goats, horses – find out more at Cambridge i-SITE 07 823 3456
6. Over the Moon Dairy
Victoria Street. Take the kids for a real treat – a decadent, locally made, “Duck Island’ icecream – and you can try their award winning cheese while you are there.
7. FREE: Cambridge Museum School Holiday Scavenger Hunt
Find the birds, answer the questions and go into a draw to win a family explorer pass to Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari. On throughout the school holidays at the Cambridge Museum, open 10am – 4pm Monday to Friday, weekends and public holidays 10am – 2pm For more information phone : 827 3319. FREE entry to the museum but donations are always appreciated.
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. 1st and 3rd weekend of the month
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 themec 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 gloworm trip. Kayak hire – no age limit. Tours minimum age 8 for glowworms and 5 for daytime tours.
14. A choice of Markets
Cambridge Farmers Market – Victoria Square 8am-12noon –
2nd Sunday of the month
Trash n Treasure Market (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.
Tamahere Antique and Collectors Fair, Tamahere Community Hall, 21 Devine Rd. Showcasing a wide variety of antiques, curios, collectables and bric-a-brac.
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