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Visit 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
No1 Motels On Victoria
No1 Motels On Victoria
3 out of 5
89 Victoria Street, Cambridge
NZ$98
per night
Jan 26 - Jan 27

Situated in the suburbs, this motel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Cambridge i-SITE Visitor Information Centre and Te Koutu Lake. Cambridge Raceway and Avantidrome ...

4.1/5Very Good! (280 reviews)

"Clean, tidy and central. It was good to have kitchen facilities available."…"

Reviewed on 9 Jan. 2020

No1 Motels On Victoria
Kelly Rd Cambridge Lodge
Kelly Rd Cambridge Lodge
5 out of 5
1 Kelly Rd, Cambridge
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
NZ$187
per night
Jan 31 - Feb 1

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! (201 reviews)

"This was a great place to stay. I would recommend."…"

Reviewed on 18 Dec. 2019

Kelly Rd Cambridge Lodge
Colonial Court Motel
Colonial Court Motel
3 out of 5
37 Vogel Street, Cambridge
NZ$130
per night
Jan 22 - Jan 23

Situated in Cambridge, this motel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Cambridge Raceway and Cambridge i-SITE Visitor Information Centre. Te Koutu Lake and Avantidrome ...

4.3/5Excellent! (120 reviews)

"Nice quiet locality close to where we wanted to be"…"

Reviewed on 3 Jan. 2020

Colonial Court Motel

Popular things to do in Cambridge

Hamilton Gardens
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Hamilton Gardens

4.5/5(198 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

Full-Day Hobbiton Shire Movie Set Tour from Auckland
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Full-Day Hobbiton Shire Movie Set Tour from Auckland

NZ$310

A fantastical world of wonder awaits at the filming site of HobbitonTM Shire. Nestled within the verdant farmland south of Auckland, this authentic recreation of Bilbo Baggins' Middle Earth village immerses you in all the magic and adventure of the Lord of the Rings.

Full-Day Waitomo Caves & Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
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Full-Day Waitomo Caves & Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

NZ$378

Embark on an exciting day trip from Auckland to discover the glowworm caves at Waitomo and the world-famous Hobbiton Movie Set. Escape the city and journey south through lush green farmland en route to Matamata, a small rural town where you'll find the Hobbiton Movie Set.

Full-Day Waitomo Caves & Rotorua Highlights Tour with Lunch
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Full-Day Waitomo Caves & Rotorua Highlights Tour with Lunch

NZ$367

Discover some of the best places to visit outside Auckland; enjoy a visit to the famous glowworm caves at Waitomo and see the best Rotorua attractions on offer on this full-day sightseeing tour.

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour departing Rotorua
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Hobbiton Movie Set Tour departing Rotorua

NZ$119

Step into the world of Middle-earth, the Shire, and Hobbiton as you head to the movie set where acclaimed director Peter Jackson brought J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved books to life. Find out how this once-sleepy sheep farm was turned into a movie set and take an up-close look at real sets and props.

Private All Inclusive Hobbiton Tour from Auckland
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Private All Inclusive Hobbiton Tour from Auckland

NZ$395

Take an easy ride to the edge of the Shire itself with a return transfer to the charming rural town of Matamata. Famous as the location of the Hobbiton set from Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films. Your day begins when you meet your driver for the ride from your Auckland hotel or port.

Combo Tours to Hobbiton/Rotorua
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Combo Tours to Hobbiton/Rotorua

NZ$168

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Hobbiton Movie Set, 501 Buckland Road Matamata, Hinuera 3472 New Zealand A very interesting and entertaining guided tour of the Movie Set and a vsiit to Rotorua Geothermal attraction Dur

Reviews of Cambridge

4.6

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Theresa

Jan 7, 2020

Always a lovely n neat town to eirher overnight or stop fr lunch!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 4, 2020

Great quiet town, lots of dining and shopping options. A great stop over

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 2, 2020

Lake is a hidden gem. You walk down a ramp and the next thing you feel like you are in the wilderness with vegetation in all directions.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 9, 2019

Lovely little town with great Cafes and a nice atmosphere, well worth a weekend away

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 8, 2019

Cute town with a lot of restaurants to choose from.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 6, 2019

I would highly recommend this property to my friends and colleagues.