Things to see and do, all within a short drive
Cambridge is picturesque rural township located in the heart of the Waikato Region. 'The Town of Trees', is known for its beautiful parks, gardens, boutique shops and special character. It's also an event centre, with many club, sporting and cultural events occurring throughout the year. Centrally located between both coasts and just a 1.5-2.0 hours (135km) from Auckland Airport it is also within an hour's drive of many tourist attractions, Cambridge is an idea place to base yourself and explore all the region has to offer.
Come to Cambridge and be spoiled for choice for things to see and do. A rural centre (Pop.18,400) the township is re-known for its beautiful trees, parks and gardens that provide a stunning palette of colours as the seasons change. With everything you could need in the way of shops and services within the township - if you're looking for a special gift or something for the home, take a short stroll into town - chances are you'll find it among the array of specialist shops. Cambridge's main street, Victoria Street, is home to a wide range of boutique shops and cafes, and you'll find more in side streets like Duke St, Alpha St, Queen St, Empire St and Commerce St. There are also many outdoor activities, including lakes, rivers, bush walks and adventure activities nearby.
3 Mins / 500m
Local Favourite Places...
Below are links to a few favourite Cafe's, Restaurants and Venues in and around Cambridge - all highly rated by guests and visitors.
Alpino Restaurant - a lovely (very popular) italian restaurant (5 mins / 350m)
Paddock Cafe - tasty, gourmet cafe food and outdoor tables (5 mins / 350m)
Onyx Restaurant - delicious a-la-carte and wood fired pizza (10 mins / 700m)
The Lily Pad Cafe - lovely cafe food in a country setting (7 mins / 4km)
CamJet Boat Tours - jet boat tours down the Waikato River (12mins / 800m)
Lake Karapiro Domain is a 19 hectare recreational reserve which is open for public access all year round. This is the perfect place to relax, have a picnic and enjoy the lake view and park-like grounds that are beautifully sheltered by mature trees. Lake Karapiro is also used by water ski clubs, kayakers, sailing craft and swimmers. The domain hosts national and international rowing events, canoe and Waka Ama (outrigger canoe) competitions, triathlons, duathlons and long distance swims, as well as the Karapiro Half Ironman event. The lake is also becoming a favourite with anglers. Brown and rainbow trout are thriving in the lake as about 2,000 rainbow trout and 500 brown trout are released annually by NZ Fish & Game, with the average size increasing each year. It's not uncommon these days to land a ten pounder (4.5kg)
Undulating green fields, tumbling waterfalls, spectacular rural vistas and, of course, its world renowned limestone formations and cave systems, make Waitomo a destination like no other. World renowned and a magnet for both local and overseas visitors, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves occupy a high placing in the New Zealand vacation wish-list. Just a short drive from Cambridge, the Caves are a must see for any traveller. Enjoy the world famous boat ride under thousands of magical glowworms and become a part of over 120 years of cultural and natural history. Along the way the Otorohonga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park is well worth a visit. The Waitomo region offers a multitude of recreational sightseeing and adventure activities including canoeing, black water rafting, bush walks, horse treks, native bird sanctury and a kiwi culture show.
Transport yourself through time and to far-flung corners of the world. Meander through a mediterranean garden, ancient asiatic gardens, modernist themed gardens or a traditional Maori kitchen garden. These international award-wininng gardens explore the context, history and meaning of gardens through time, and from around the world. The unique concept of Hamilton Gardens is explored through a series of five garden collections encompassing just about every corner of the globe. The gardens are a special place to visit at any time of the year. There are many public events held each year, including the Summer Gardens Festival. An ideal place to come and picnic, have a meal or coffee at the Turtle Lake Cafe or Restaurant. The Gardens are open 7 days a week during daylight hours and entry, admission and parking is free.
Just a short drive or a leisurely 50 minute walk along the picturesque Waikato River Walk, this recently constructed $28.5 million velodrome features a world-class 250m track. Built to host national and international cycling events, it also features an area large enough to host other indoor sports and community events, and houses the offices of national sporting organisations Bike NZ and Triathlon NZ, a café, public fitness centre and office space. The facility provides a base for New Zealand’s cycling elite and very affordable bike hire and lessons are also available, allowing those keen to give track cycling a go to follow in the footsteps of the country’s legends. The Gallagher Skills Park, next door to the Avantidrome, is the perfect playground for children to learn basic bike skills. With a pump track, wooden mountain bike track and a road skills park.