Set in rich farming countryside at the heart of the Waikato region, Cambridge with ‘Old English’ charm is packed with top gourmet eateries, artisan delis, art galleries and antique shopping and more.

Don't Miss:  

  1. Lake Karapiro
  2. Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari
  3. Gourmet delight
  4. Galleries & shopping
  5. CamJet Jetboat tours
  6. Walk of Fame
  7. Rural experience
  8. Te Awa- The Great New Zealand River Ride

At the heart of the Waikato region is Cambridge, known locally as the town of champions due to its gold-medal winning Olympian residents and its long-standing and illustrious heritage of thoroughbred racing.

Flanked by horse studs and rich pastures Cambridge’s peaceful tree-lined streets are full of interesting fashion and homeware stores along with chic cafes. The heritage trail or Walk of Fame is a must for any cultural buff and horse stud tours are available for those interested in equine pursuits.

Take a walk around Lake Te Koo Utu at the top end of Cambridge town centre or laze for a while under the shade of a tree around the fringe of the village square, where there may be a game of cricket or weekend market under way.

Explore Cambridge

A wander through the main street of Cambridge will spoil you for choice with everything from gourmet producers and artisan delis, to art galleries, giftware emporiums and designer outlets. The weekly farmers market is a favourite among residents and visitors alike, offering the best of local produce in the heart of the town. 

Situated nearby at the base of Maungatautari Ecological Reserve, is Lake Karapiro, the proving ground of rowing’s elite as well as a popular spot for local boaties, kayakers and water-skiers. A glimpse into the New Zealand forests of the past, Maungatautari offers superb walking tracks through flourishing native flora and fauna.

The rural outskirts of Cambridge also boast an array of artisans including coffee roasters, gourmet dairy producers and "pick your own" berry farms. 

Cambridge is also fast becoming New Zealand’s home of cycling, with the Velodrome situated just north of town along with top cycle trails including the Te Awa - The Great NZ River Ride and Te Miro Mountain Bike Park.

How far to:

  • Hamilton: 23 kms 26 mins
  • Rotorua: 92kms 1 hour 20 mins
  • Tauranga: 82kms 1 hour 8 mins

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