Cambridge is known as the "Town of Trees". The stunning autumn colours… the promise of spring… and the languid leafy green of summer provide a spectacular backdrop for a community well-versed in the gentle art of recreation.
Many of Cambridge's attractions are free. Historic Cambridge has much to offer visitors. The community is based around its heritage and its inheritance of fine gardens and parks, lovingly treated over the years. Walkways are plentiful, try the Heritage Trail (see 25 historically significant sites on the 1¾ hour walk around central Cambridge and experience 140 years of change). The Cambridge Museum is a treasure trove of memorabilia and the fine arts collection at the Cambridge Public Library is well worthwhile.
Those seeking action can try jetboating, jet-skiing or canoeing on the Waikato River, or delve into one of Cambridge's nightspots.
You may prefer to go on scenic day tours, trout fishing, horse riding or horse stud visits.
Cambridge is known for its leading role in New Zealand's thoroughbred industry, and travellers can get an entertaining insight into this side by visiting New Zealand Horse Magic or by visiting one of the many thoroughbred farms nearby.
Night Trotting at Cambridge Raceway is a memorable way to spend time out.
Cambridge has the new Avantidrome, Waikato's newest sports and leisure facility, as well as a world-class BMX track.
Cambridge is noted for the quality and number of its antique shops and galleries, which attract serious collectors from all over the world, amateurs are welcome to visit, and many do in order to take a treasure home.
Dining out includes fine dining establishments, bring-your-own (BYO) wine venues and fully-licenced restaurants.
Cambridge Mews is ideally situated just 10 minutes drive from Hamilton Airport and is an excellent base for local events and attractions such as:
Hub for Rowing New Zealand as well as a favourite destination for a host of water sports.www.cambridge.co.nz
Fast becoming a major events centre many of which are hosted at the Claudelands Arena.www.hamilton.govt.nz
Home of New Zealand's world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves and legendary Black Water Rafting.www.waitomo.com
An internationally significant restoration project and a beautiful new home to reintroduced kiwi and other native birds.www.maungatrust.org
The Waikato region's oldest established winery, founded 1922.www.vilagradwines.co.nz
Hosting events such at the National Agricultural Field Days as well as local and national sporting and cultural events.www.mysterycreek.co.nz
The Avantidrome is Waikato's newest sports and leisure facility, appropriately located in Cambridge the heart of Waipa, 'Home of Champions' territory. This brand new, world class facility is centered around the purpose built 250m wooden cycling velodrome, and is host to a range of other high performance sport, and community facilities.www.avantidrome.co.nz