Top Activities & Attractions
Make the most of your down time between events to explore Waipa and the wider Waikato region with these great activities and attractions. From cycling along the mighty Waikato River or explore nature reserves to some underground adventure or Middle-earth movie magic.
- Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari: Plentiful walks through native forest for close encounters with native birdlife and reptiles.
- Lake District Adventures: Take a magical glowwom kayak tour on Lake Karapiro, or hire some bikes to explore the Waikato River Trails.
- Farm Tours: Visit a working dairy farm or one of New Zealand's premier deer breeding farms.
- Waitomo Glowworm Caves: Visit the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves and gaze in awe at the galaxy of glowworms.
- Hamilton Gardens: Explore the 2014 International Garden of the year and discover different civilisations and historically important garden styles from the farthest reaches of the world.
- Hobbiton Movie Set: Discover movie magic with a guided tour through the permanent Hobbiton Movie Set.
- CAMJET Jet Boat Tours: A 45 min breathtaking adrenaline rush on the mighty Waikato River in a 450hp V8 Jet boat.
- Watiomo Adventures: Get your adrenalin pumping with a zipline into the Lost World Cave with Waitomo Adventures.
- Hamilton Zoo: Get up close and personal with exotic animals such as Lemur and Rhino with Hamilton Zoo's Eye2Eye encounters.
- Museums: The Cambridge & Te Awamutu Museum's have an extensive collection of artefacts and archives on the history of the Waipa district.
- SKYCITY Hamilton: Check out SKYCITY's new Bowl & Social for ten pin bowling, great food and timezone games.
- Waikato Museum: With top art and history exhibitions, the Waikato Museum is a perfect indoor activity.
- Retail Therapy: Get some retail therapy at NZ's largest shopping complex, Te Awa at The Base or explore the many boutique stores on offer in Cambridge.
- Raglan Rock: Get the adrenalin pumping with canyoning adventure abseiling down, jumping off and climbing up waterfalls.
- Te Awa Cycleway: Enjoy a family adventure along the Te Awa Great NZ Riveride with bike hire available for all ages.
- Pirongia Clydesdales: Visit the famous Clydesdale horses and the Coach House Cafe in historical Pirongia Village.
From meandering through stunning gardens to discovering picturesque waterfalls and climbing to mountaintop views - there are plenty of free attractions to enjoy during your time in Waipa and the Waikato.
- Mt Pirongia: The green slopes of Mt Pirongia provide a range of easy to more challenging hiking options along with mountain bike trails.
- Te Miro Mountain Bike Park: Great mountain bike tracks just 20 minutes north-east of Cambridge.
- Lake Te Koutu: Hidden in the heart of Cambridge, Lake Te Koutu provides a tranquil and easy walking trail.
- Waiorongomai Valley: Step back into gold mining history as you explore the Waiorongomai Valley in Te Aroha.
- Blue Spring at Te Waihou Walkway: Visit the internationally acclaimed springs, with water so pure its supplies around 70% of NZ's bottled water.
- Wairere Falls: Walk the Wairere Falls track near Matamata for stunning views of the falls and out over the region.
- Hamilton Gardens: Download and follow the Hamilton Gardens Children's Discovery Trail activity sheet.
- Hakarimata Walkway: Visit ancient Kauri trees, tackle the summit stairs or try the family friendly rail trail tracks.
- Gallagher Bike Skills Park: Helps your children to learn essential bike skills in a safe environment.
- Mokena Geyser: Watch the world's only naturally hot soda water geyser erupt every 40 minutes in Te Aroha.
- Cycle Trails: From the banks of the Waikato River to the ancient Pureora Forest, there are many cycle trails to enjoy.
- Plus much more
There are a number of great events happening in Waipa and the Waikato during the World Masters Games. From local markets and festivals to other sporting events and more - there plenty to keep you busy during your down time.
- ECHO Walking Festival - 1 - 23 April: Enjoy Connecting Hills & Ocean (ECHO) walking festival is a celebration of the fantastic array of walking and hiking trials found throughout the Hamilton & Waikato and Coromandel regions.
- Cambridge Autumn Festival - 19 - 30 April: Don't miss the annual Cambridge Autumn Festival. Enjoy the communities celebration of autumn in beautiful Cambridge.
- Te Awamutu Junior Tour 2017 - 29 - 30 April: 2017 will see the 18th year of the GIB Te Awamutu Junior Tour. It was started by the Te Awamutu Sports Cycling Club in 2000 as a way of introducing multi-stage racing for our U15 and U17 riders.
- Pirongia Market - 30 April: The Pirongia Arts, Craft and food Market offers a wide selection of locally created and made produce. There are both indoor and outdoor stalls and displays and ample parking.
- Cambridge Farmers Market - Every Saturday: Find fresh local produce, baked goods and more at the local farmers market. Held in Victoria Square, corner Victoria Street & Alpha Street, Cambridge.
- ANZAC Salute Concert - 24 April: Bring a picnic dinner and watch the slides of commemorative images light up the front of the Town Hall. Then pop inside for the Anzac Salute Concert from 7pm, featuring the Cambridge and Matamata Brass Bands.
- Cambridge Twilight Cycling Festival - 25 April: A celebration of cycling, from kids on trike to elite athletes! Bring the kids down to race around Cambridge's streets, then settle in to watch some of the fastest men and women in the world race on the same circuit! Kids racing, street sprints, celebrity racing, and an elite criterium to provide an exhilarating spectacle for everyone.
- Dambusters Exhibition - 21 Jan - 01 June: By permission of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand, Te Awamutu Museum is proud to present Dambusters! The exhibition includes fascinating interactive components to highlight the science and ingenuity used during the raid. Group bookings essential, guide available for groups 10-plus.
- Waitomo Trail Run - 29 April: Taking place in the iconic Waitomo Caves area, the Waitomo Trail Run takes participants past glowworms and karst landscapes, through native bush and natural tunnels plus much more.
- Boosted buses support World Masters Games in Waikato - Read more
Waipa Home of Champions
Set in rich farming countryside at the heart of the Hamilton & Waikato region, Cambridge with ‘Old English’ charm is packed with top galleries, cafes and stores. Cambridge, known locally as the town of champions due to its gold-medal winning Olympian residents and its long-standing and illustrious heritage of thoroughbred racing.