Cambridge is a majestic tree-lined town that sits at the heart of New Zealand's rural heartland. Its proximity to many of the North Island's main towns and cities makes it the ideal location for visitors, businesses and the 18,400 residents who choose to call it home.
Founded in the 1860s, Cambridge retains much of its heritage with old colonial buildings and exotic trees planted by early settlers, which earned it the title The Town of Trees.
Today, the town's location and modern facilities means it brings people together, whether it's for national or regional sporting events, family reunions and weddings or somewhere central for businesses. While Cambridge has pretty much everything locals and visitors need for daily life, it's also an excellent base for getting to nearby main centres such as Hamilton, Tauranga and Rotorua.
Cambridge is located in Waipa District which proudly calls itself The Home of Champions - a reflection of the area's success at producing champions in the fields of sport as well as other fields of endeavour.
The visitor to Cambridge has plenty to do, with many free local attractions.
Cambridge's inland location helps give the town a temperate climate with mild, wet winters and summers that are generally dry and warm.
Cambridge's wide range of shops, restaurants and weekly markets means the visitor can find pretty much everything they need for a stay, whether it's a short stopover or as a base for day trips to local or regional attractions such as Hamilton Gardens, Raglan's beaches, Hamilton Zoo, the Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton, Lake Taupo or the Otorohanga Kiwi Park.
Cambridge is internationally famous for its equine industry, with local stud farms producing some of the world's best thoroughbreds, including 13 Melbourne Cup winners.
Cambridge has Sister City relationships with Bihoro (Japan) and Le Quesnoy (France) - relationships aimed at promoting interaction between our cultures.
Maungatautari is a mountain sanctuary for native wildlife only 15 minutes drive from Cambridge and is the home for reintroduced kiwi and their newborn, and other native birds. On the way, you'll pass Lake Karapiro, chosen as the venue for the 2010 World Rowing Championships by an international panel that described it as one of the world's most picturesque lakes. Make the most of water sports on the lake or simply admire its beauty while having a lakeside picnic.
Nature lovers can enjoy walks through local parks and gardens including those around Lake Te Koo Utu, close to the town centre. Just out of town, Maungakawa Reserve has a peak that offers stunning views of Cambridge, as well as providing a native bush walk.