Venture down the road
While there are so many treasures to unlock in and around Cambridge, there are many hotspots waiting to be discovered within a two-hour drive too.
Living in Cambridge, you’re perfectly positioned for a weekend getaway or day trip to take part in... well, anything you like! We’re surrounded by an abundance of remarkable destinations, each offering its own unique experiences and memories to be made. So, venture beyond our town’s borders and uncover the hidden treasures that await you down the road.
An urban adventure in Auckland
Just a short 1.5-hour drive on the expressway, Auckland offers vibrant energy, cultural diversity, and endless possibilities. Immerse yourself in the city’s bustling atmosphere, indulge in world-class dining, experience captivating art and entertainment, head to Waiheke or take a charter boat out in the Hauraki Gulf, and explore its iconic landmarks like the Sky Tower and Auckland Museum.
A day at the Hamilton Zoo
Discover the wonders of Hamilton Zoo, located just a stone’s throw away from Cambridge. Immerse yourself in a breathtaking 25-hectare setting and meet over 600 native and exotic animals thriving in their natural habitat. Witness the majesty of the largest free-flight aviary in New Zealand, devoted to native birds and plants, and be amazed by the ever-changing sights and sounds. Come face to face with the animals and learn about their fascinating counterparts in the wild. Explore ways to aid in their conservation efforts and become a part of this important cause. Hamilton Zoo not only delivers enjoyment for all ages, but also serves as an essential link between people and nature, promoting conservation and research projects, rehabilitation, and breeding programmes for endangered species and precious native animals.
A journey to Middle Earth
Step into the realm of fantasy and embark on an extraordinary adventure to Hobbiton, the iconic film set of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Just 30 minutes from Cambridge, this magical location will transport you to the enchanting world of hobbits, lush green hills, and charming hobbit holes. Engage in the rich storytelling and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Shire as you explore this extraordinary movie set
Laid back vibes in Raglan
Just a quick trip to the West Coast lies the relaxed town of Raglan, which boasts stunning black sand beaches, incredible surfing opportunities, a picturesque harbour, and a laid-back atmosphere. Visitors can enjoy surfing, biking or hiking, soaking up the sun, and checking out the vibrant local arts scene. With its unique charm and breathtaking natural beauty, Raglan is a top destination to explore in Waikato.
Adventure in Rotorua where nature meets cultural richness
Head through Tirau (stopping to browse the shops and grab a coffee first, of course) and onto the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua where you’ll experience the captivating fusion of nature and Māori culture. You’ll discover the mesmerising geothermal landscapes, witness the majestic Pohutu Geyser erupt, and indulge in the healing powers of natural hot springs. Dive into Māori traditions through immersive cultural performances and embrace the warm hospitality that Rotorua has to offer.
The world-famous Hamilton Gardens
Discover the intriguing world of Hamilton Gardens, which was once a landfill site but has now become a renowned attraction with a unique concept of showcasing the history of gardens. As the most popular tourist destination in Waikato, it welcomes over a million visitors every year. Take a journey of exploration through the garden’s winding paths and be amazed by the unexpected wonders that unfold before you. From the peaceful Sung Dynasty Chinese Scholar’s garden to the exquisite Italian Renaissance Garden, and the grandeur of the Indian Char Bagh (‘four quartered’) Garden, each themed garden collection showcases the diverse cultures and historical garden styles from around the world.
Prepare to be awe-struck by the breathtaking wonders of Taupō, home to New Zealand’s largest lake and a playground for outdoor adventurers. From the majestic Huka Falls to the mesmerising turquoise waters of the lake, Taupō offers an abundance of thrilling activities such as jet boating, skydiving, and hiking. You can also head further south for skiing at either Whakapapa or Tūroa ski fields. Indulge in the natural beauty that surrounds you and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Discover the breathtaking Sculpture Park at Waitakaruru Arboretum, just a short 15-minute drive from Cambridge. This stunning 42-acre park was once a hard rock quarry but has been transformed into a magnificent collection of trees and shrubs from around the world. The park boasts over 70 sculptures on display and is the largest outdoor sculpture gallery in New Zealand. With three new exhibits curated every year, the park is open every day and offers sturdy walking tracks (recommended for all-weather conditions), ample parking, and wheelchair accessibility for most areas. Take a self-guided tour of approximately 2km and explore the dramatic landscape and incredible art.
The Waitomo Caves are an exciting destination for thrill-seekers who want to capture incredible stories and experiences. You can join a guided tour to learn about the caves’ history, myths, and legends, or opt for a heart-pumping adventure. Activities include rafting through the caves, witnessing the beautiful glowworms overhead, abseiling into the depths, and ziplining through dark passageways. The Waitomo Caves are sure to impress adventurers and provide unforgettable memories to share with others.
Tranquil Tea Heaven
Discover the world-renowned Zealong Tea Estate, the sole commercial tea plantation in New Zealand. Enjoy 100% organic award-winning tea and indulge in a tea-infused culinary journey. Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of tea with the Discover Zealong Tea Experience. Savour a relaxing high tea at the Zealong Tea House, or take home exquisite teas from the retail boutique. Zealong Tea Estate is an ideal destination for cultural escapades, fine dining, tours, and special events. With something for everyone, Zealong Tea Estate is a must-visit location.