Fitness and fun for all
If you like fresh air, beautiful scenery and healthy exercise, there are few better ways to spend a few days than cycling or walking around Cambridge.
Our town has walkways and cycle trails to suit everyone — whether you want to stroll around our parks, or cycle beside the mighty Waikato River or Lake Karapiro. Here are examples of what you can do:
Cambridge has a number of planned walks in which you can learn about our sporting and equine heroes, or about our heritage. You can also choose from a number of walks beside the country’s longest river, the Waikato, as it passes through our town.
Just call in to the i–SITE Information Centre next to the Town Hall to choose from a selection of maps.
Five lakes and four dams
The Waikato River Trails offer a more challenging day out for serious walkers or cyclists who can admire rolling hills, five lakes and four hydro dams on a 100km gravel track.
Go to Lake Karapiro
Avoid the main roads and enjoy the Te Awa Walk/Cycle Way, which connects Leamington to the Mighty River Domain beside Lake Karapiro. The 6km dedicated pathway is mostly flat and suits families who want to ride or walk together.
Go for a ramble at nearby Maungatautari mountain, a fenced nature reserve, or the Maungakawa Scenic Reserve. More details and directions are at www.cambridge.co.nz.
Parks to suit everyone
Cambridge has easy access to a variety of parks, whether you want to feed the ducks at Lake Te Ko Utu in the town’s domain or admire some of the best views of the town and surrounding area from the peaks at Maungakawa Scenic Reserve just 8km and a 14–minute drive north-east from Cambridge.
The Maungakawa Scenic Reserve, just a few minutes from town, offers one of the best views of Cambridge, and the surrounding Waikato and Hauraki Plains. Some days it’s possible to see Mount Ruapehu and Mount Taranaki in the distance.
Pirongia Forest has a number of planned walks on which you can admire native trees and birds, or check out the Kaniwhaniwha Caves.
Get on a bike
Cambridge’s Avantidrome is the Home of New Zealand cycling where you can experience the thrill of riding on a world–class indoor track, or you can fly across the dirt at our nationally–rated BMX track.
Dozens of public and private gardens are open to visitors, all within easy distance of Cambridge and which showcase the stunning beauty of New Zealand’s flora and fauna. They include the Hamilton Gardens, between the Waikato River and State Highway One on the Cambridge approach to Hamilton, which are the Waikato’s most popular visitor attraction, drawing up to a million visitors a year.
Many owners of private gardens are willing to share the splendour of their creations with visitors.
At the end of the day ...
When you’ve enjoyed your day in the great outdoors, come home to Cambridge and spend a comfortable night either at one of our town’s eight motels or 75 bed and breakfasts.
Parks a plenty
For a town of only 18,400 residents, Cambridge provides access to a huge amount of public park land.
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.
Of 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.
Plan it now!
Ready to find out more or to book your visit to Cambridge?
The Cambridge i–SITE Information Centre can help you plan or book any of the activities described here. We’re on the corner of Queen and Victoria Streets, Cambridge — next to the Town Hall.
Phone: 07 823 3456
Fax: 07 823 3457