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Cambridge residents and visitors have access to a huge amount of open space committed for recreational use.

The Waipa District Council manages 132 separate park and reserve sites, covering more than 3,450 hectares of land - that's the equivalent of more than 3,000 football pitches.

reserve cambridge-isiteOf this land, more than 2,700 hectares is set aside for 14 conservation reserves. The council provides 20 sports parks, 32 neighbourhood parks, 40 general amenity parks and four premier reserves. The remaining 14 sites are used for a variety of purposes including livestock grazing.

The highest-profile council park is the 19-hectare Mighty River Domain at Lake Karapiro, while the nearest to the town centre are Victoria Square, the Leamington Domain and the 17.6-hectare Cambridge Domain which includes Lake Te Ko Utu.

Cambridge is completely encircled by a large area of council-owned land, designated the town's 'Green Belt.' This land is used extensively by the community for sport and recreational activities.

The Department of Conservation (DoC) administers a number of reserves within easy reach of Cambridge.


Te Awamutu - Lake Ngaroto

Between Te Awamutu and Ohaupo, Lake Ngaroto is a pleasant flat walk around the peat lake, suitable for most ages and levels of fitness.


Cambridge Model Engineering Society Inc

Every Sunday during Summer, from May every 1st and 3rd Sunday.
10am - 3.00pm. Weather permitting.
$2.00 per ride
Fully-enclosed shoes essential

Maungakawa (Sanatorium Hill)

Native bush loop walk (approximately 30 minutes duration) with lovely views over Cambridge area.

National Wetland Centre

Imagine a place where people can learn how important wetlands are, the human benefits they provide and the unique plant and animal communities they support.

Visit Rotopiko Reserve for a pest-free picnic. Enjoy easy walks, lake views, ancient swamp forest, rare plants and native birds.

Cambridge Walking Tracks

Pick up your copy from the i-SITE.

Lake Te Koo Utu

A hidden jewel, Lake Te Ko Utu has a well established walkway around its perimetre and seven different tracks leading down to it from street level.
Public BBQ available

Cambridge Tree Trust

The Cambridge Tree Trust is a non-profit volunteer organisation dedicated to keeping Cambridge beautiful.

Cambridge to Karapiro Te Awa Walk/Cycle Way

Connecting Cambridge to Karapiro is the recently completed Te Awa walk/cycle way which is just over 8km of dedicated pathway to the Mighty River Domain on the shores of Lake Karapiro.
Mostly flat, the cycle way runs adjacent to Maungatautari Road and is an enjoyable safe way to explore beyond the town.


Te Awamutu - Yarndleys Bush

A short drive from Lake Ngaroto this stand of kahikatea trees is believed to be one of the largest in the North Island.


Sanctuary Mountain, Maungatautari

An ancient forest right here in the Waikato, just 30 minutes drive from Cambridge
Visitor Centre open 7 days a week
 Bush walks and guided tours

Te Waihou Walkway

A flat easy walk to the beautiful blue natural spring (the water is bottled, it's so good).


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