Local Attractions

We’ve personally selected a few local attractions with optional visits and some free time on Sunday, for more local attractions visit: Cambridge isite Things To Do

Cambridge, Town of Trees

A growing town not far from the Mighty River Domain, Lake Karapiro is Cambridge.

Cambridge isite is located at the Town Hall, feel free to pop in, find more local attractions, or even take home a little Cambridge nz souvenir!

Grassroots Trust Velodrome Cambridge

The Grassroots Trust Velodrome. 15 Hanlin Rd, Cambridge

The Grassroots Trust Velodrome is appropriately located in Cambridge the heart of Waipa, ‘Home of Champions’ territory. This 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.

Take a guided tour of the Grassroots Trust Velodrome, including an exclusive behind the scenes look at New Zealand’s high performance set up. Grab yourself a spot in the stands and watch New Zealand’s track cyclists train, if you’re lucky you might even spot some of New Zealand’s Olympic heroes hanging around.

Sanatorium Hill, Cambridge

Sanatorium Hill Radio Tower and Maungakawa Scenic Reserve Loop, Cambridge

Experience this 1.4-km loop trail near Cambridge, Waikato. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 27 min to complete. This trail is great for hiking and walking, and it’s unlikely you’ll encounter many other people while exploring. The best times to visit this trail are August through November.

Or Drive up to the top of Sanatorium hill in your Mini and take in the view of Waipa!

The Cambridge Gin Distillery Co.

The Cambridge Gin Distillery Co. 92 Alpha Street, Leamington, Cambridge

Try some of our local Gin, distilled right here in Cambridge. Free tasting and product available for purchase, just be sure the driver doesn’t have too many samples!

C&R Developments, Ross Bros Museum

C&R Developments Muscle Car and Earthmoving Museum. Hautapu, Cambridge.

Here is a visit that is not to be missed!

A superb display of Classic Muscle Cars, Famous Single Seater Racing Cars and Memorabilia in a purpose built  building, which includes a Jukebox Diner.

In the next building is a display of the largest Earthmoving Equipment in New Zealand. A must see!

Podium Café

Podium Café on site at the Mighty River Domain, Lake Karapiro

Don’t want to leave the domain? no worries! We have a great little Café on site for you to grab a coffee and a bite to eat!

This Café is Highly recommended by the community and is child friendly with jungle gym entertainment near by.

The Boatshed Kayaks

The Boatshed Kayaks. Lake Karapiro, Cambridge.

Kayak or Paddleboard in Lake Karapiro

Right across from our Mini Nationals Venue is The Boatshed Kayaks who offer a range of kayaking booking services for you to explore, hire, or take lessons.

This activity may be dependent on the weather. or how brave you are!

Sanctuary Mountain, Maungatautari

Sanctuary Mountain, Maungatautari

A leisurely 30 min drive from Lake Karapiro is Sanctuary Mountain, Maungatautari.

Welcome to an ancient world where our native forest towers majestically above you. Listen as the air is filled with birdsong. Breathe the life force of the ngahere (forest) that surrounds you. Enjoy a variety of well-maintained hikes and bush walks around our eco-sanctuary, take a guided walking tour or a nature walk and discover why Aotearoa/New Zealand’s largest predator fenced eco-sanctuary is nationally cherished and internationally recognised.

Bush walks ranging from 5 mins to 1 1/2 hrs are available on well maintained tracks. Cost is from $28 entry per adult, allow 1.5hr+ per walking track, Hot drinks and snacks available, or take a packed lunch.

Arapuni Suspension Bridge

Arapuni Suspension Bridge

A leisurely 30 min drive south through rolling Waikato countryside takes you to the famous Arapuni Suspension Bridge, located just downstream from the Arapuni Power Station.

This 150m long bridge over the Waikato River Gorge is a must see. Built for access from the workers camp while the Arapuni Dam was being constructed.

This trip could be incorporated with a visit to Sanctuary Mountain.

Classics Museum

Classics Museum, 11 Railside Place, Hamilton
Complimentary entry with Nationals registration, allow 1+ hour to explore, onsite Jukebox Diner/Café.

Over 100 classic cars, but not just cars…

Our collection encompasses a range of interests including an extensive collection of petrol memorabilia – enamel signs, pumps, tins, and oil bottles. There is something Classic for the whole family, we cater for a wide range of interests with vintage toys, pedal cars, and scenes from early New Zealand.

Hamilton Gardens

Hamilton Gardens, Hungerford Crescent, Hamilton East, Hamilton 3216 
Free entry, allow 2 hours+ to explore, onsite Café.

Explore an enchanting world of secret gardens. Transport yourself through time and to far-flung corners of the world. Meander through a lush tropical jungle, visit ancient China and indulge yourself in a Renaissance Prince’s 16th century garden. Five garden collections have been created to delight the senses, with some garden concepts reaching back 4,000 years. Hamilton Gardens is a conceptual garden based in the Waikato that explores the context, history and meaning of gardens through time, and from around the world. It is internationally recognised for its unique concept and is the Waikato region’s most popular tourist destination. Only five minutes drive from Hamilton’s CBD, the Gardens is open 7 days a week during daylight hours and entry and parking is free.

MADE

MADE, 401 Grey Street, Hamilton East

Free entry, allow 1 hour+ for shopping/eating, lots of eateries onsite

Made – Home to a diverse hub of bustling retailers, foodies, creators and artisan vendors.

Enjoy a bite to eat, indulge in a sweet treat, pick up a coffee or restock the pantry. Check out the latest seasonal finds on the mezzanine or simply wander and discover the hidden gems of Made.

Victoria on the River

Victoria on the River, Victoria Street, Hamilton Central

Free entry, allow 15mins+ to explore, lots of dining options nearby, access to riverside walk

Victoria on the River is a peaceful urban oasis in the bustling heart of Kirikiriroa Hamilton. Overlooking the tranquil expanse of the Waikato River, it’s a favoured spot for those looking to bask in the sun on its terrace seating, lunch in hand. The park’s design, reminiscent of an amphitheatre, provides layered areas that somehow feel secluded despite the popularity of this public space. The captivating natural backdrop and vibrant street art murals (thanks to Boon Arts) create a perfect space for a rendezvous with friends, a reflective afternoon, or a leisurely riverside lunch.

Raglan Wharf

Raglan Wharf, 92 Wallis St, Raglan

Check out the new world class walkway at the Wharf, along with tidal stairs, historical signboards.

Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls, take the Te Mata Rd turn off of state highway 23, Kawhia Road, Makomako

44 mins drive, free, allow 20-40mins+ for an easy walk

Spectacular 55-metre-high Bridal Veil Falls, also known as the Wairēinga Falls is a popular Waikato walking track.

The Wairēinga/Bridal Veil Falls walk is an easy 10 minute walk through native bush, following the Pakoka River for most of the way, to two viewing platforms at the top, both providing stunning vistas and ample photo opportunities of the plunging white falls flanked by grey rock and green bush. Looking down to the base of the waterfall, you will see soft sandstone rocks, worn away by the water to form a large amphitheatre. A steep set of steps leads down to the bottom of the falls. From here there is another magnificent view, directly across the pool and up at the falls.

Track conditions: The first section of track to the top lookout is accessible for assisted wheelchairs and buggies.