Jaime's Guidebook

Jaime
Jaime's Guidebook

Food scene

Every Saturday morning in the Cambridge town park (weather permitting). Fresh local vegetables, coffee, pastries, breads, eggs, milk, sometimes kombucha and meats among other specialty local products.
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Cambridge Farmers' Market
67 Queen St
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Every Saturday morning in the Cambridge town park (weather permitting). Fresh local vegetables, coffee, pastries, breads, eggs, milk, sometimes kombucha and meats among other specialty local products.
Local coffee and cute cafe.
Ophelia
18 Campbell Street
Local coffee and cute cafe.
Great authentic Italian pizza, family hospitality. Bookings required.
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Alpino Cucina e Vino
43 Victoria St
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Great authentic Italian pizza, family hospitality. Bookings required.
Blueberry cafe, when it’s in season there’s picking available. Off the back roads in Cambridge!
Monavale Blueberries
Blueberry cafe, when it’s in season there’s picking available. Off the back roads in Cambridge!
Healthy snacks and takeaway lunch
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Crave - Cambridge Free Delivery Healthy Gluten Free Cafe
24a Empire St
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Healthy snacks and takeaway lunch

Sightseeing

Only 1hr drive from Cambridge. Raglan is home to black sand beaches popular for surfers. Relaxed vibe, cute artistic town for shopping. Excellent kiwi fish and chip shop at the wharf! A taste of Kiwiana!
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Raglan
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Only 1hr drive from Cambridge. Raglan is home to black sand beaches popular for surfers. Relaxed vibe, cute artistic town for shopping. Excellent kiwi fish and chip shop at the wharf! A taste of Kiwiana!
30mins drive. Movie setting from lord of the rings! On route you will likely see sheep and some beautiful rolling countryside. Most stunning in spring time.
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Hobbiton Village
Unnamed Road
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30mins drive. Movie setting from lord of the rings! On route you will likely see sheep and some beautiful rolling countryside. Most stunning in spring time.

Neighbourhoods

10-15min walk into the centre of Cambridge across the high level bridge. Local cafes, boutique and antique shops. One of the prettiest streets in New Zealand. Favorite cafes include homebrew for a takeaway coffee, crave for healthy/ vegan options including açaí bowls, or sit outside Alpino restaurant with an authentic Italian pizza (bookings can be required).
Victoria Street
Victoria Street
10-15min walk into the centre of Cambridge across the high level bridge. Local cafes, boutique and antique shops. One of the prettiest streets in New Zealand. Favorite cafes include homebrew for a takeaway coffee, crave for healthy/ vegan options including açaí bowls, or sit outside Alpino restaurant with an authentic Italian pizza (bookings can be required).

Bike path adventures!

Why not hire some e-bikes and ride out to Lake Karapiro on the bike path! In summertime there’s a real fruit ice cream store (berry box - check opening hours) or you could ride out to podium cafe. The dedicated cycleway extends the length of the lake. Beautiful on a sunny day!
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Karapiro Domain
1 Maungatautari Rd
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Why not hire some e-bikes and ride out to Lake Karapiro on the bike path! In summertime there’s a real fruit ice cream store (berry box - check opening hours) or you could ride out to podium cafe. The dedicated cycleway extends the length of the lake. Beautiful on a sunny day!
Follow the green signs from Shakespeare street to join the dedicated Te Awa Cycleway to the velodrome. It’s a few km’s of shared cycleway then merges to a dedicated scenic path along the river in farmland. At the velodrome you’ll find a cafe, kids playground and can enter the velodrome to get a glimpse of the indoor velodrome. Maybe even see some of our nz track cyclists!
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Avantidrome
15 Hanlin Rd
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Follow the green signs from Shakespeare street to join the dedicated Te Awa Cycleway to the velodrome. It’s a few km’s of shared cycleway then merges to a dedicated scenic path along the river in farmland. At the velodrome you’ll find a cafe, kids playground and can enter the velodrome to get a glimpse of the indoor velodrome. Maybe even see some of our nz track cyclists!

Activities

Explore Lake Karapiro! Contact the boatshed kayaks for hire, prices and availability. It’s about a 15min drive.
The Boatshed Kayaks
116 Finlay Rd
Explore Lake Karapiro! Contact the boatshed kayaks for hire, prices and availability. It’s about a 15min drive.
20mins drive. Beautiful themed gardens, a variety of different walks, close to river walks in Hamilton.
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해밀턴가든
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20mins drive. Beautiful themed gardens, a variety of different walks, close to river walks in Hamilton.
50min drive. This was a place I used to visit as a child. ‘Magical’.
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와이토모글로우웜동굴
39 Waitomo Village Rd
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50min drive. This was a place I used to visit as a child. ‘Magical’.
18min drive. I’ve heard it’s a good place to visit from previous guests.
Waitakaruru Arboretum and Sculpture Park
207 Scotsman Valley Rd
18min drive. I’ve heard it’s a good place to visit from previous guests.
27min drive. A nice walk around the lake popular by locals, close to hamilton city! Awesome playground at the domain for kids.
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Hamilton Lake Domain
Ruakiwi Road
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27min drive. A nice walk around the lake popular by locals, close to hamilton city! Awesome playground at the domain for kids.
35min drive. This is not only a great place to visit the animals but it’s a lovely walk! The zoo covers a large area.
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Hamilton Zoo
183 Brymer Rd
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35min drive. This is not only a great place to visit the animals but it’s a lovely walk! The zoo covers a large area.
This is my favorite little movie theatre offering a range of titles. Large comfy sofas and wine available. Treat yourself! Check their website for booking information. Close to eateries and lake te koutu for a walk.
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Tivoli Cinema
32 Lake St
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This is my favorite little movie theatre offering a range of titles. Large comfy sofas and wine available. Treat yourself! Check their website for booking information. Close to eateries and lake te koutu for a walk.
Close to eateries and ideal for a short walk around the lake in Cambridge.
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Te Koutu Lake Domain
Albert Street
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Close to eateries and ideal for a short walk around the lake in Cambridge.

Scenic Walkways

(15min drive Northern entrance/ 30mins drive southern entrance). The largest pest free fenced area in nz at Maungatautari. I’d recommend searching where to go before departure. Get a feel for the natural nz bush and bird life, meditate in nature! The northern enclosure has a short loop walk, and a longer more technical summit track which takes around 3hrs return. There are longer options if you’re up for it! The southern enclosure has more wildlife and the main office where you can book tours and explore the smaller enclosure. Browse their website, all entries go to supporting nz wildlife.
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Sanctuary Mountain
99 Tari Rd
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(15min drive Northern entrance/ 30mins drive southern entrance). The largest pest free fenced area in nz at Maungatautari. I’d recommend searching where to go before departure. Get a feel for the natural nz bush and bird life, meditate in nature! The northern enclosure has a short loop walk, and a longer more technical summit track which takes around 3hrs return. There are longer options if you’re up for it! The southern enclosure has more wildlife and the main office where you can book tours and explore the smaller enclosure. Browse their website, all entries go to supporting nz wildlife.
Short loop walks in nature and beautiful views over the countryside on a nice day. Good picnic spot.
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Maungakawa Scenic Reserve Loop Walk
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Short loop walks in nature and beautiful views over the countryside on a nice day. Good picnic spot.
40min drive away. Fancy a challenge?! Climb to the summit of Hakarimata (374 m) and enjoy good views for the summit tower out towards the coast, across the Waikato Basin and down to Ruapehu.
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Hakarimata Summit Hiking Track
2 Brownlee Ave
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40min drive away. Fancy a challenge?! Climb to the summit of Hakarimata (374 m) and enjoy good views for the summit tower out towards the coast, across the Waikato Basin and down to Ruapehu.
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Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway
Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway
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45min drive away. Usually a popular walk. Satisfying to reach the summit.
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Wairere Falls Track
Goodwin Road
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45min drive away. Usually a popular walk. Satisfying to reach the summit.
2hr20min drive. Also known as coromandel cove. Beach only accessible by this walking track. I’d also explore Hahei, hot water beach while in this area, probably spend a night or two in the warmer months :)
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Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve
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2hr20min drive. Also known as coromandel cove. Beach only accessible by this walking track. I’d also explore Hahei, hot water beach while in this area, probably spend a night or two in the warmer months :)
38min drive. I’ve heard this is a stunning sacred spot for a short walk.
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Blue Spring Putaruru
Leslie Road
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38min drive. I’ve heard this is a stunning sacred spot for a short walk.
If you’d like some exercise, a walk in nature from our doorstep… Get your shoes on! Take about 45mins for this. Head to the end of Wordsworth street (turn left on exiting the property) Go right to the end, through the cemetery grounds to the far right corner and you’ll find a stairway down to a stream and some nature to fill your cup. There’s plenty of walks in Cambridge - do an internet search if you’d like to do more!
Nature Reserve River Trail
If you’d like some exercise, a walk in nature from our doorstep… Get your shoes on! Take about 45mins for this. Head to the end of Wordsworth street (turn left on exiting the property) Go right to the end, through the cemetery grounds to the far right corner and you’ll find a stairway down to a stream and some nature to fill your cup. There’s plenty of walks in Cambridge - do an internet search if you’d like to do more!