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Waikato: Central North Island road trip


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Autumn in Te Koutu Park, Cambridge Autumn in Te Koutu Park, Cambridge

From the Waitomo Caves it is a short hop to the heart of the Waikato and Cambridge. Cambridge, charming, picturesque and packed with choices for the most discerning visitor, quietly slumbers in the Waikato countryside. Cambridge is a great place to base yourself while exploring the best the Waikato has to offer. Cambridge is pretty, perhaps it’s the glorious mature deciduous trees or the glimmer of Lake Karapiro and the rolling hills. There is the history of the place, 800 years and counting for historical buffs to wander through, natural wilderness areas where possums are defeated by the Great Wall of Sanctuary Mountain and enough energetic sports activities to tire out any kid.


  • Cambridge has an excellent weekend market, an interesting architectural main street with heritage Victorian interspersed with contemporary design, great walks and the Olympic rowing lake of Kaipiro nearby. For more ideas about Cambridge check Cambridge, Waikato trip guide, what to do, best activities
  • Matamata has bustling cafes, Hobbiton memorabilia to satisfy the most discerning collector
  • McLaren Lake Reserve and waterfalls is a summer favourite for picnics and day outdoors walking through the reserve and parklands
  • Hobbiton, check out where the hobbits live.
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