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Cambridge

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.

Top hotels in Cambridge

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hidden Lake Hotel and Apartments
Hidden Lake Hotel and Apartments
4 out of 5
94 Queen St, Cambridge, Waikato
The price is NZ$199 per night

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. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (32 reviews)

"Staff are friendly and helpful. Room is very clean and tidy. Good quality of amenity"…"

Reviewed on 16 Jul. 2020

Hidden Lake Hotel and Apartments
Kelly Rd Cambridge Lodge
Kelly Rd Cambridge Lodge
5 out of 5
1 Kelly Rd, Cambridge
The price is NZ$177 per night

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! (231 reviews)

"Property feel brand new and finished to a high standard."…"

Reviewed on 11 Aug. 2020

Kelly Rd Cambridge Lodge
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

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 ...

3.9/5Good! (10 reviews)

"The kitchen areas were very nice and well equiped and I loved the deck but it was a shame there were not more picnic tables on the deck. The camping area was very attractive and I was very lucky to get a shady spot and a view of the lake. It was great to be able to jump into the lake where you were ..."…"

Reviewed on 3 Feb. 2020

Lake Karapiro Mighty River Domain

Popular places to visit in Cambridge

Hamilton Gardens
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Hamilton Gardens

4.5/5(223 reviews)

This man-made paradise offers everything from the peaceful tranquillity of the Japanese Zen Gardens to the lively Indian Char Bagh Gardens.

Top activities in Cambridge

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
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Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

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Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Hobbiton Movie Set, Rotorua & Waitomo Caves Tour
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Hobbiton Movie Set, Rotorua & Waitomo Caves Tour

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Hobbiton Movie Set/Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip
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Hobbiton Movie Set/Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip

NZ$239
Per adult
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Small group Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland
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Small group Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland

NZ$310
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Hobbiton with The Green Dragon Inn & Tauranga Hot Spots
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Hobbiton with The Green Dragon Inn & Tauranga Hot Spots

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Hobbiton Village Tour - New Zealand - As Seen in The Lord of The Rings Movie
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Hobbiton Village Tour - New Zealand - As Seen in The Lord of The Rings Movie

NZ$131
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Reviews of Cambridge

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

5 Jun. 2020

Very nice town, cycle friendly, roads seem safe.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

10 Mar. 2020

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

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

22 Feb. 2020

Really pretty. Expensive shops. Lots of eateries.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Feb. 2020

It’s a friendly peaceful gorgeous town - blissful!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

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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