Many of the towns around the Waikato have built a bit of a local thematic identity. For example, the Morrinsville “herd of cows”, hobbits near Matamata, Tirau as the centre of corrugated iron. For Cambridge, it has historically been horse breeding, although arguably today it is great cafes and restaurants.

The best thing to happen to the town was the Waikato Expressway, which made it easier to get there while bypassing the town centre. Now, it is one of the prettiest town centres to explore in the region, without having to worry about heavy traffic.

There are also two good short walks at either end of the main street, Victoria Road, as it runs through the town centre. There is one loop around Lake Te Ko Utu and a second loop that takes you over and alongside the Waikato River at the south end of the town centre.

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