Cambridge, New Zealand - Not What I'd Expected!

A traditional telephone booth is now a Book Exchange

After miles and miles of rolling deep green hills dotted with sheep and cattle, we arrive in Cambridge. Much to our surprise and delight, it was not at all what we expected to find 135 kilometres (83.9 miles) from Auckland.  

Cambridge is a quaint mix of colonial traditional and hipster all set amongst well maintained lush gardens and flagstone pavements. 

And as we were to discover, Cambridge is not only home to dairy farmers and horse breeders but also elite athletes. National sport organisations like cycling, rowing, and triathlon are based here. 

Enjoying the Autumn Sunshine at Cafe Rouge

paddock cafe grow their own herbs..

Town Clock

St Andrews Anglican Church

Maungatautari Road
Heading out of downtown Cambridge toward Sakura (Health Spa & Retreat), the tree lined streets surround Lake Karapiro. There is the purpose built Te Awa 8km walk/cycle way, (we walked) and enjoyed the most lovely fresh air and several visits from Tieke, a very inquisitive local bird.

Whilst my friend and I enjoyed our brisk walk, our teen decided to sit and read.

Cambridge was just stunning and one of my new favourite places on earth. Stay tuned for more of our trip including Hobbiton, Sakura and New Plymouth.

Nina Beilby is a professional photographer based in Chatswood, Sydney, Australia. You can see more of her work at

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