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A rental car gives you the freedom and flexibility to make the most of your time exploring Cambridge and surrounding areas. Here are a few of the many attractions around Cambridge you might like to consider checking out. The letters on the map match those on the tabs below, where you'll find information about each attraction. For more ideas, check out the Cambridge Tourism website.
Visiting the real life Shire in Matamata is a must when you’re in Cambridge. Here, nestled within sprawling private farmland, is where you’ll find the Hobbiton Movie Set, which featured in the original The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and was then rebuilt for The Hobbit films.
The Hobbiton experience begins with a drive through a 1,250 acre sheep farm with views across to the Kaimai Ranges. You’ll see Bag End, where Frodo and Bilbo resided. Explore the hobbit holes, see the Party Tree, the mill, bridges, gardens and many other structures that were painstakingly constructed and then recreated for Peter Jackson’s movies. It’s not hard to imagine fantastic creatures frolicking through Middle earth in this slice of paradise.
Your Hobbiton experiences then continues on. At the Green Dragon Inn - favoured watering hole of the hobbits - you are entitled to a complimentary beverage from the exclusive Southfarthing range. Feeling peckish? Traditional pub fare is available to order off the menu. Afterwards, stop in at the Shire Store. The atmosphere is lively and there’s an array of products you can buy and take away. Among these are hand crafted items from Weta Studios, as well as books, cloaks and other themed memorabilia.
Hobbiton Movie Set tours last for about 3 hours and depart throughout the day from the town of Matamata, which is just half an hour from Cambridge in your rental car.
And if you find that Hobbiton has completely captured your heart, you can book a rustic farm stay in Matamata and extend your time here.
Hop in your rental car and head out to Te Aroha, approximately 45 minutes from Cambridge. This tiny Edwardian town is dripping in history. A heritage trail dating back to the late 1800s encompasses no end of historic buildings and monuments. And rising above the town is Mt Te Aroha, the highest peak in the Kaimai-Mamaku Forest Park.
Take one of the hiking trails up to the summit starting from the domain in the centre of town - it takes about 3 hours to ascend. After your walk you’ll be ready to relax in a hot pool. Te Aroha’s mineral spas are the perfect antidote for tired muscles, with their silky therapeutic waters bubbling away.
The wooden cedar tubs come in all different sizes and harmonise perfectly with the surrounding environment's leafy, ferny outlook, and even have jet options. Meanwhile the old fashioned slipper baths, complete with charming claw feet, are great for couples. Add your own aromatic oils to customise your spa experience, or indulge in a massage at the hands of one of the professional therapists.
Next door to the mineral spas, the Te Aroha leisure pools offer a big heated public pool, an outdoor spa, and a restored geothermal bathhouse.
In the Te Aroha town domain there’s also a natural, hot soda pool among the trees that’s freely open to all. It’s a great spot to soak your feet or simply sit back and do a bit of people watching.
Locals and tourists have made the most of the mineral springs flowing from below the mountain for over a century, and the baths and pools are still a top attraction in Te Aroha today.
Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari
At Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari you will encounter myriad New Zealand native wildlife in their natural habitat. Thanks to a 47 km pest proof fence, the longest in the world, this forested volcano remains free of predators.
Spanning 3,400 hectares, Maungatautari is by far New Zealand's most ambitious conservation project. The mature forest is as close to a pre-civilisation environment as you will find. Canopies and stands of mamaku, tawa, kamahi and miro stand proudly over thick ferns - there are even native orchids scattered about the eco sanctuary.
Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari was originally turned into a reserve in 1912, after its forest was deemed to be highly significant. A century on, the decision was made to erect a protective fence and restore the area.
From birds to bats, reptiles to fish, insects and plants, this is now truly a haven for rare and endangered species, some of which are now able to sustain their own populations unassisted. Many of the wildlife here you’d struggle to see outside of remote islands - such as stitchbirds, takahe, kaka, kakariki, kereru, silvereye, fantail, kiwi, giant weta and tuatara. Plans are afoot to further restore the forest and introduce the kokako and kakapo to the mountain’s ecosystem.
A number of walking tracks cover Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, or you can take a guided tour. The song of tui and bellbird will serenade you as you progress along the bush walks. This outdoor paradise is half an hour from Cambridge, an easy drive in your rental car. A visitor centre offers further information on the wildlife here.
Dairy Farm Cambridge
As you drive anywhere through the Waikato region in your rental car you are bound to see endless dairy farms and grazing cows. After all, a key pillar of the Waikato economy is agriculture - this region contributes heavily to New Zealand’s dairy exports. A third of the country’s dairy herds reside here, as the district is the most intensively farmed of all. Dairy factories have been operating here since the 19th century.
Early dairy farmers saw the potential in the land here - the flat and rolling grounds were ideally suited to cows, and the mild climate conducive to the growth of the grass that fed them. As new breeds came onto the scene the industry grew further and milk became like liquid gold.
It is a fascinating industry and you can learn more about it while in Cambridge. The Dairy Farm Cambridge experience involves a visit to a working dairy farm, with a hundreds strong herd of Friesians and Jersey crosses.
On the farm you’ll be able to wander through the paddocks and inhale the scent of the pastures. You will learn about dairy farming best practices, cattle breeding for optimal production, and the balancing act of maintaining top quality with minimal impact on the surrounding environment. A close up encounter with a cow is part of the package as is a peek into a milking shed.
Protective shoes and clothing will be provided on the tour, but you must be sure to wear closed shoes. You will also need to travel to the farm gate, just a few minutes from the village of Cambridge. There is a minimum of 2 people per tour and reservations are required. In order to see milking in action, you’ll need to arrange specific times in the early hours of the morning, or mid afternoon.
Cattle farming has long been a staple of the Waikato region, ever since the 1800s. These verdant lands have proven highly fertile, even out in hill country. Deer farming has been significant as well. Originally introduced for sport, deer then became considered a pest, spreading out through the country’s forests. They flourished due to a lack of predators and a healthy supply of food, that is, before they became a target for hunters.
Today a flourishing farming industry has sprung up around deer - nearly 2 million animals are on deer farms around New Zealand. The first deer farming licence was issued in the late 1960s near Taupo, and from there the industry grew rapidly. Deer - especially red deer in particular - are farmed for their meat, and for their antlers as well, which are used to make velvet. More recently, imported varieties from Europe have been introduced.
A visit to a premier deer breeding farm offers an insight into this aspect of New Zealand rural life. You will learn about market trends, breeding for top quality, and optimising herd performance in order to meet demand. With hundreds of calves each year, the production rate is quite staggering. You’ll also get to lay eyes on some genuinely astonishing antler heads. Reservations are needed for this two hour tour, which operates on request at a minimum of two people. You will need to travel to the farm gate, just a few minutes from central Cambridge.
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