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Cambridge
Travel Guide

A visit to this tree-lined North Island town with its peaceful parks, boutique stores, cafés and scenic lakes is a pleasant day trip from Hamilton.

Cambridge is a pretty town that has a calming effect on its visitors. Walk or cycle along the banks of the Waikato River, or try your hand at trout fishing in Lake Karapiro. Afterwards, browse the galleries and boutique stores along Victoria Street. There are more thrilling activities too, if you are afraid you may get bored.

Just like its namesake in the United Kingdom, Cambridge has an elegant, distinctly English feel. Its tree-lined streets, Tudor-style houses and numerous well-tended parks and greens pay tribute to New Zealand’s colonial roots.

At the many local horse farms dozens of champion thoroughbreds have been raised. While most of the horse riding here is for serious equestrians only, you can still organize trekking tours that will take you around the local area.

Just 5 miles (8 kilometers) from the town center, is the man-made Lake Karapiro. Formed when a dam was constructed for a power plant in 1947, the body of water is now a favorite recreational area for Cambridge residents. Rent a kayak and explore its boundaries, or if you visit in summer you can jump in for a refreshing dip.

The central walkways along the Waikato River make for a pleasant stroll. If you feel like something a bit more exciting, jump aboard the Camjet, a V8-powered speedboat that takes you on a thrilling ride up the river towards the Karapiro Dam.

If you’re a keen cyclist, make sure to explore the Waikato River trails. Over 60 miles (100 kilometers) of tracks take you past several lakes, and some vast expanses of countryside.

The attractive town center of Cambridge is almost entirely made up of locally owned boutique stores, so if you’re looking for presents or souvenirs this is a great place to shop. You won’t go hungry either, with more than 20 cafés and restaurants serving up a wide range of local and international delights.

Cambridge is located 14 miles (23 kilometers) southeast of Hamilton and is easy to reach by car, with ample parking, and bus.

Hidden Lake Hotel and Apartments
Hidden Lake Hotel and Apartments
4 out of 5
34E Lake Street, Cambridge, Waikato
The price is £105 per night from 18 Apr to 19 Apr

Located in the heart of Cambridge, this golf hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Cambridge i-SITE Visitor Information Centre and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Cambridge Raceway. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (87 reviews)

"Overall, had a great experience and staff was incredibly helpful, and the amenities were great.(Thanks for Easter eggs)"…"

Reviewed on 4 Apr 2021

Hidden Lake Hotel and Apartments
Kelly Rd Cambridge Lodge
Kelly Rd Cambridge Lodge
5 out of 5
1 Kelly Rd, Cambridge
The price is £96 per night from 18 Apr to 19 Apr

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! (253 reviews)

"Was able to check in early which was very helpful."…"

Reviewed on 28 Mar 2021

Kelly Rd Cambridge Lodge
Captains Quarters Motor Inn
Captains Quarters Motor Inn
3.5 out of 5
57-a Hamilton Road, Cambridge
The price is £72 per night from 16 Apr to 17 Apr

Situated in Cambridge, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Te Koutu Lake and Cambridge i-SITE Visitor Information Centre. Cambridge Raceway and Avantidrome ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (160 reviews)

"Awesome big rooms .................. also by the pool"…"

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2021

Captains Quarters Motor Inn
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Lake Karapiro Mighty River Domain
Lake Karapiro Mighty River Domain
2 out of 5
601 Maungatautari Road, Cambridge
The price is £19 per night from 16 Apr to 17 Apr

Situated on a lake, this campsite is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Lake Karapiro and within 6 miles (10 km) of Te Koutu Lake and Cambridge i-SITE Visitor Information ...

4/5Very Good! (15 reviews)
Simple, clean, affordable camping cabin

"We wanted camping experience but not in a tent. This cabin was perfect! Closing doors and windows, simple bunk beds, shower, toilet, sink and so clean! The community kitchen was really convenient with fridge to keep our food and dishes and cook Ware for the 2 stoves let us make home cooked meals ..."…"

Reviewed on 3 Jan 2021

Lake Karapiro Mighty River Domain
Cambridge TOP 10 Holiday Park - Campsite
Cambridge TOP 10 Holiday Park - Campsite
2 out of 5
32 Scott St, Cambridge, Waikato
The price is £43 per night from 27 Apr to 28 Apr

Located in Leamington, this campsite is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Cambridge Raceway, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Avantidrome and Lake Karapiro. Mystery Creek Events ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (16 reviews)

"Overall the property was very clean and well maitained."…"

Reviewed on 11 Jan 2021

Cambridge TOP 10 Holiday Park - Campsite
Cambridge Coach House
Cambridge Coach House
4 out of 5
3796 Cambridge Road, Te Awamutu Highway, Cambridge
The price is £84 per night from 16 Apr to 17 Apr

Located in Leamington, this romantic cottage is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Cambridge i-SITE Visitor Information Centre and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Te Koutu Lake. Lake Karapiro ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (121 reviews)

"Very private accommodation in a beautiful setting. Luxury in the country - would definitely stay again! Thank you :o)"…"

Reviewed on 19 Oct 2020

Cambridge Coach House
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Great place shame we couldn't stay longer

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