Discover the benefits of living in Cambridge

February 27, 2024

With street’s laden in leafy trees and surrounded by picturesque countryside, the charming town of Cambridge is a hidden gem right in the heart of the North Island.  Nestled amongst rolling hills and lush farm land, this welcoming community offers you the best of both worlds, small town tranquility with easy access to urban hubs.

Beautiful heritage buildings and monuments are scattered throughout Cambridge and Leamington.Dating back to the 1800’s these are preserved and listed for historical, architectural, group and landmark significance. Buildings are mindfully maintained to create a strong sense of culture and showcasing a vibrant history.

Cambridge provides locals with quaint cafes, boutiques, open spaces, parks and reserves.  Well maintained tree lined lakes include Lake Karapiro and Lake Te Koutu all with functional cycle and walkways with plans to expand as the town grows.

A variety of sports events, farmers markets and entertainment for children and adults alike, creates a warm neighbourly vibe and a steadfast community.  

As the largest town in Waipa, Cambridge is thriving and fast-growing, with an expected reach in population of 30,300 by 2050.  

Residential and industrial growth is underway and planned in two phases with phase one underway and set till 2025. The stability of the Cambridge economy is driving homebuyers to purchase and investors looking for a good return on property.


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There are spectacular views of New Zealand’s longest river from the Victoria Bridge, opened in 1907, or from the banks of the river as you head towards the Riverside Reserve. From there you can take the Camjet for a spin up the river to Karapiro Dam.

Water, native bush and luscious green hills create an endless range of opportunities for the outdoor photographer – and there’s usually something happening on the lake whether it’s a sports event or someone having a paddle or fishing for trout.

This 3,400 hectares of pest-free mountain reserve is a sanctuary for native birds and endangered species – it’s a chance to get up close to nature.

If you like landscapes, the best views can be found at the top of the Pukemako Scenic Reserve (8km and a 14-minute drive north-east from Cambridge). On a fine day, you can see as far as Mount Ruapehu and Mount Taranaki.

If you fancy a gentle stroll, check out Cambridge’s tribute to our equine and sporting heroes. Wander along Duke St to find 25 plaques honouring the achievements of local stars in the town’s Sporting Walk of Fame, and as you turn into Victoria Street, look for 18 mosaics set into the footpath of prominent local horses. On the wall beside the ANZ in Victoria St, you’ll find a special collection of plaques honouring our 13 (and counting) Melbourne Cup winners.

The Cambridge Museum website has maps of a number of local walks with landmarks described. These walks guide you through different aspects of local life – a Business Walk, A Tour of Churches, the Cambridge Domain, Leamington, Waikato River and the Suburbs Walk.

Wander around the town and you’ll see classic colonial buildings such as Cambridge Primary School (1879), the Town Hall (1909) and the Old CourtHouse (1909) which now houses our local museum. The town’s original Post Office (now the restaurant called Alpino) was built in 1908 but its clock tower was removed in 1934 (after the Napier earthquake sparked fears it could topple) and it now stands in Jubilee Gardens.

Outside the Town Hall in Victoria Street, proudly displayed to the thousands who drive past each day, is a life-sized bronze sculpture of a mare and her foal. Unveiled in March 2004, the 850kg statue was commissioned by the Waipa District Council, with financial support from the local equine industry, so the town could acknowledge the vast contribution made to its fortunes by horses.

Two Cambridge churches are among the most photographed in the region and are within sight of each other. St Andrew’s Anglican Church is one of the oldest buildings in Cambridge, having been built in 1881 and the tip of its spire is the highest point in town. Across Victoria Street is a converted church, now housing Good Union Bar & Restaurant originally built in 1898

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