About Cambridge New Zealand
Cambridge (Māori: Kemureti) New Zealand, Town of Trees and Champions is centrally located in the Waikato, Heart of the North Island with a population of nearly 20,000 and is a great place to live, visit and base yourself while on holiday.
Cambridge, New Zealand
Cambridge (Māori: Kemureti) is a town in the Waikato Region of the North Island of New Zealand. Situated 24 kilometres southeast of Hamilton, on the banks of the Waikato River, Cambridge is known as 'The Town of Trees & Champions'
In the 1840s Cambridge had a Maori population but in the 1850s missionaries and farmers from Britain settled in the area and guided Maori in modern farming practices -helping them set up 2 flour mills in Cambridge and importing grinding wheels from England and France. Wheat was one of the main crops grown in those days. During the 1850s it was a prosperous time with migrants arriving in Auckland and high prices. However merchants in Auckland began purchasing cheaper grain from Australia and the market went into decline. Maori had established their own bank in a whare in Cambridge but the money was stolen by the chiefs in charge. There was a riot when the depositers burnt the bank down. Kingitanga rebels threatened the European who were all forced to leave in 1863.
Notable natives are members of The Datsuns, Fields Medal winner Sir Vaughan Jones, as well as the equestrian double Olympic gold medal winnerMark Todd. World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist cyclist Sarah Ulmer also lives and trains in Cambridge. Joelle King, winner of the Australian Open squash title in 2009, and two medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, hails from the town. Former New Zealand and Australasian champion archer Brooke La Pine also called Cambridge home for 23 years.
Internationally known Thoroughbred studs in the area include:
Lake Karapiro, recognised as one of the premium rowing lakes in the world, is close by, producing several world rowing champions, notably Rob Waddell and the Evers-Swindell twins, Georginaand Caroline, Mahé Drysdale and James Dallinger. The 2010 World Rowing Championships were held at Lake Karapiro.
Cambridge is home to two clubs, Hautapu Sports Club, founded in 1903, and Leamington Rugby Sports Club, founded in 1897.
The Town of Trees & Champions lives up to its' name with the stunning range of exotic trees that add to the English-style town atmosphere.
Historic Cambridge offers a wide choice of activities for the visitor. Walk the heritage and boutique trails and discover the beautiful range of shops many set within heritage buildings. The Tree Trail takes in the Town Square and the hidden treasure of Lake Te Koutu. Maungatautari Mountain close by is a sanctuary for native wildlife only 15 minutes drive from Cambridge and now a beautiful home for reintroduced kiwi and their newborn plus other native birds.
Lake Karapiro and the majestic Karapiro Dam wall on the mighty Waikato River (starts at Lake Taupo in the Central North Island region and enters the sea at the Waikato Heads on the West Coast just South of Auckland) is only 6 minutes drive from Cambridge with it's magnificent World Class Rowing Venues is a must for all to visit. The World Cup Rowing Championships are due to start on the 28th of October 2010 and finishes on the 7th of November 2010.
Cambridge is surrounded by dairy farms and has one of Fonterra's largest milk production factories just outside the town boundary to the North on the 1B Road (Back road to Auckland bypassing Hamilton). The equine industry brings a great deal of fame to this town, with many overseas horse buyers recognising the quality of our thoroughbreds. Notable studs include Cambridge Stud, formerly the home of Sir Tristram and currently of champion sire Zabeel.
Cambridge is a majestic tree-lined town that sits at the heart of New Zealand's rural heartland. Its proximity to many of the North Island's main towns and cities makes it the ideal location for visitors, businesses and the 16,800 residents who chose to call it home.
Founded in the 1860s, Cambridge retains much of its heritage with old colonial buildings and exotic trees planted by early settlers, who earned it the title The Town of Trees.
Today, the town's location and modern facilities means it brings people together, whether it's for national or regional sporting events, family reunions and weddings or somewhere central for businesses. While Cambridge has pretty much everything locals and visitors need for daily life, it's also an excellent base for getting to nearby main centres such as Hamilton, Tauranga and Rotorua.
Cambridge is located in Waipa District which proudly calls itself The Home of Champions - a reflection of the area's success at producing champions in the fields of sport as well as other fields of endeavour.
The visitor to Cambridge has plenty to do, with many free local attractions.
Cambridge's wide range of shops, restaurants and weekly markets means the visitor can find pretty much everything they need for a stay, whether it's a short stopover or as a base for day trips to local or regional attractions such as Hamilton Gardens, Raglan's beaches, Hamilton Zoo, the Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton, Lake Taupo or the Otorohanga Kiwi Park.
Cambridge is internationally famous for its equine industry, with local stud farms producing some of the world's best thoroughbreds, including 13 Melbourne Cup winners.
Cambridge has Sister City relationships with Bihoro (Japan) and Le Quesnoy (France) - relationships aimed at promoting interaction between our cultures.
Maungatautari is a mountain sanctuary for native wildlife only 15 minutes drive from Cambridge and is the home for reintroduced kiwi and their newborn, and other native birds. On the way, you'll pass Lake Karapiro, chosen as the venue for the 2010 World Rowing Championships by an international panel that described it as one of the world's most picturesque lakes. Make the most of water sports on the lake or simply admire its beauty while having a lakeside picnic.
Nature lovers can enjoy walks through local parks and gardens including those around Lake Te Ko Utu, close to the town centre. Just out of town, Maungakawa Reserve has a peak that offers stunning views of Cambridge, as well as providing a native bush walk.