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.

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$101 per night from 9 Dec. to 9 Dec.
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 ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (25 reviews)
"Booked this for my partners kids to stay at on their way back from Auckland, perfect spot to break up the long drive home, grandkids had a blast with the bouncy trampoline thing, and everything was nice and clean."

Reviewed on 22 Jul. 2021

Cambridge TOP 10 Holiday Park - Campsite
Hidden Lake Hotel and Apartments
Hidden Lake Hotel and Apartments
4.5 out of 5
34E Lake Street, Cambridge, Waikato
The price is NZ$209 per night from 12 Dec. to 12 Dec.
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. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (182 reviews)
"Excellent location and very tidy rooms. We really loved our stay and will definitely be back. Even when we had to leave a day early due to Covid lockdown it was not a problem and we were refunded a nights stay. Staff were amazing, bar / restaurant very relaxing."

Reviewed on 8 Oct. 2021

Hidden Lake Hotel and Apartments
Kelly Rd Cambridge Lodge
Kelly Rd Cambridge Lodge
4 out of 5
1 Kelly Rd, Cambridge
The price is NZ$187 per night from 26 Dec. to 26 Dec.
Situated in Cambridge, this eco-friendly motel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Cambridge Raceway, Cambridge i-SITE Visitor Information Centre and Avantidrome. Te ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (277 reviews)
"Very comfortable motel, comfortable bed, great Linen, quite, good parking."

Reviewed on 17 Aug. 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.
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 10 Dec. to 10 Dec.
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 ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (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
Guesthouse on Thornton
Guesthouse on Thornton
268 Thornton Rd, Cambridge, Waikato
Situated in Cambridge, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of Te Koutu Lake, Cambridge i-SITE Visitor Information Centre and Cambridge Raceway. Lake Karapiro ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (13 reviews)
Great Stay
"Great stay, thanks"

Reviewed on 8 Nov. 2021

Guesthouse on Thornton
Bryce Cottage by Webb Hotels
Bryce Cottage by Webb Hotels
9 Bryce St, Cambridge, Waikato
Situated in Cambridge, this holiday home is within a 15-minute walk of Cambridge i-SITE Visitor Information Centre and Te Koutu Lake. Cambridge Raceway and Avantidrome ...
Bryce Cottage by Webb Hotels
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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