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Cambridge
Travel Guide

This beautiful leafy haven with its quiet parks and stunning lakes makes for a great day trip from Hamilton.

Cambridge is a beautiful town boasting an atmosphere of serenity and calm like no other. Take a gentle stroll along the banks of the Waikato River or have a go at trout fishing in Lake Karapiro. The numerous galleries and boutiques along Victoria Street offer visitors a fantastic shopping experience.

As you may guess from its name, Cambridge has a distinctly English feel. The streets are flanked by magnificent trees and the Tudor-style houses lay testament to New Zealand’s former colonial past.

Known as the Town of Trees & Champions, Cambridge is most famous for its horse farms and champion thoroughbred breeding. While most of the horse riding is reserved for expert equestrians, some trekking tours can be organised that will take you around the local area.

Located 8 kilometres from Cambridge town centre is Lake Karapiro, a favourite hot spot for local residents. The lake was constructed in 1947 after a dam for the Karapiro hydroelectric power station. Today, the lake is a fantastic recreational area for visitors and locals alike. Rent a kayak and experience a truly peaceful existence as you paddle seamlessly across this vast shimmering lake.

Adrenaline junkies should hop aboard the Camjet V8-powered speedboat for an exhilarating ride up river towards the Karapiro Dam.

The central walkways along the Waikato River are perfect territory for a gentle stroll, or for keen cyclists, the Waikato River trails offer around 100 kilometres of great cycling in the surrounding countryside.

If it’s souvenirs and small cultural trinkets you are looking for, you will not be disappointed in Cambridge town centre. The numerous locally-owned boutiques, cafés and restaurants offer visitors a unique shopping experience and a taste of international cuisine.

Cambridge is located 23 kilometres southeast of Hamilton and is accessible by car. There is plenty of parking in and around the town with regular buses circulating throughout the area.

No1 Motels On Victoria
No1 Motels On Victoria
3 out of 5
89 Victoria Street, Cambridge
The price is NZ$91 per night from 7 Jun. to 7 Jun.
Situated in the suburbs, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Cambridge i-SITE Visitor Information Centre and Te Koutu Lake. Cambridge Raceway and Avantidrome ...
4/5Very Good! (323 reviews)
"noisy neighbours"

Reviewed on 9 May 2021

No1 Motels On Victoria
Hidden Lake Hotel and Apartments
Hidden Lake Hotel and Apartments
4 out of 5
34E Lake Street, Cambridge, Waikato
The price is NZ$206 per night from 20 May to 20 May
Located in the heart of Cambridge, this golf hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Cambridge i-SITE Visitor Information Centre and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Cambridge Raceway. ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (97 reviews)
"Overall, had a great experience and staff was incredibly helpful, and the amenities were great.(Thanks for Easter eggs)"

Reviewed on 4 Apr. 2021

Hidden Lake Hotel and Apartments
Kelly Rd Cambridge Lodge
Kelly Rd Cambridge Lodge
5 out of 5
1 Kelly Rd, Cambridge
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$187 per night from 23 May to 23 May
Situated in Cambridge, this motel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Cambridge Raceway, Cambridge i-SITE Visitor Information Centre and Avantidrome. Te Koutu Lake is ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (258 reviews)
"all good"

Reviewed on 15 May 2021

Kelly Rd Cambridge Lodge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Lake Karapiro Mighty River Domain
Lake Karapiro Mighty River Domain
2 out of 5
601 Maungatautari Road, Cambridge
The price is NZ$37 per night from 20 May to 20 May
Situated on a lake, this campsite is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Lake Karapiro and within 6 miles (10 km) of Te Koutu Lake and Cambridge i-SITE Visitor Information ...
4/5Very Good! (15 reviews)
Simple, clean, affordable camping cabin
"We wanted camping experience but not in a tent. This cabin was perfect! Closing doors and windows, simple bunk beds, shower, toilet, sink and so clean! The community kitchen was really convenient with fridge to keep our food and dishes and cook Ware for the 2 stoves let us make home cooked meals ..."

Reviewed on 3 Jan. 2021

Lake Karapiro Mighty River Domain
Cambridge TOP 10 Holiday Park - Campsite
Cambridge TOP 10 Holiday Park - Campsite
2 out of 5
32 Scott St, Cambridge, Waikato
The price is NZ$84 per night from 24 May to 24 May
Located in Leamington, this campsite is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Cambridge Raceway, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Avantidrome and Lake Karapiro. Mystery Creek Events ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (18 reviews)
"Reception ladies were welcoming and very helpful, great stay, thoroughly enjoyed our time in cambridge."

Reviewed on 6 May 2021

Cambridge TOP 10 Holiday Park - Campsite
Cambridge Coach House
Cambridge Coach House
4 out of 5
3796 Cambridge Road, Te Awamutu Highway, Cambridge
The price is NZ$165 per night from 21 May to 21 May
Located in Leamington, this romantic cottage is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Cambridge i-SITE Visitor Information Centre and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Te Koutu Lake. Lake Karapiro ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (121 reviews)
"Very private accommodation in a beautiful setting. Luxury in the country - would definitely stay again! Thank you :o)"

Reviewed on 19 Oct. 2020

Cambridge Coach House
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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5 Jun. 2020

Very nice town, cycle friendly, roads seem safe.

5/5 - Excellent

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16 Mar. 2020

Noticed how friendly the people are here. Fantastic service in all eateries. Looking forward to a return visit. Layout of the town has been well thought of.

5/5 - Excellent

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10 Mar. 2020

Cambridge is a lovely place to stay, beautiful surroundings and close to a lot of great activities.

4/5 - Good

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22 Feb. 2020

Really pretty. Expensive shops. Lots of eateries.

5/5 - Excellent

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8 Feb. 2020

It’s a friendly peaceful gorgeous town - blissful!

5/5 - Excellent

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25 Jan. 2020

An up market little town with lovely browsing shops as well as good cafes and restaurants. The Farmers Produce market on Saturday mornings is recommended.

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