Cambridge is an increasingly popular town. It has strong projected growth, soul, a vibrant town centre and a positive look, feel and opportunity. It is home to many of New Zealand’s elite sports people and is a living example of the district’s brand - Home of Champions.
At the same time, Cambridge is a family-friendly town place that recognises and celebrates its heritage. Residents enjoy a network of parks and cycle trails including the Te Awa trail which links Cambridge to Karapiro and the Avantidrome.
By 2030, Cambridge will be home to approximately 27,000 people, an increase of around 11,500 households.
The town is growing significantly, particularly in the north and north-east. Cambridge North (medium density) and St Kilda (large lot) residential areas are currently meeting growth needs either side of the Expressway. Council has identified additional growth cells on the north side (C1, C2 and C3) and is working through the development regime for these areas.
On the Leamington side, Cambridge Park and River Garden residential developments are a mix of medium and high density housing many next to the green belt. A future growth cell (C5) off Lamb Street will provide larger lots of around 2500 sqm.
Major developments planned for the town include Lakewood Cambridge apartments, accommodation and retail precinct around Lake Te Ko Utu, and a large retirement village (Te Awa Lifecare) between Cambridge and St Peters’ School which will be built in stages to eventually accommodate 580 residents. An apartment complex, Cambridge Riverside, close to the main street is in the early sales stage. New accommodation for visitors is planned near the Avantidrome and several boutique hotel projects are being developed in town.
New industrial land is opening up at Hautapu, adjacent to the Waikato Expressway and the existing fully serviced industrial development at Matos Segedin Drive is being expanded by seven properties. Caters Flat adjacent to the CBD is transitioning from industrial to commercial to compliment the neighbouring CBD offer. Between Cambridge and Hamilton Titanium Park provides a good number of large greenfield sites at the Hamilton airport.
Cambridge businesses provide support for the equine, bloodstock, primary industry and sports sector with manufacturing capability, support and professional services.
The maintenance of Cambridge's celebrated heritage character is fundamental to the town’s ongoing development and forms an important part of town growth. Large scale developments are guided by the town's existing character, exemplified by the historicTown Hall and surrounding area.
Wide, tree-lined streets and a distinctive town belt separate the urban area from the rural hinterland and make Cambridge appealing for both residents and visitors.
Cambridge has a buzzing town centre providing locals and visitors with an outstanding boutique shopping destination. With fantastic cafes, restaurants, designer fashion, furniture, homeware stores, and hair and beauty salons, as well as large chain retailers on the town’s outskirts, nearly all needs are covered.
Locally there are swimming pools, gymnasiums and more than 30 kilometres of walkways and cycle ways and well as a thriving arts and culture scene.
Sportspeople are spoiled for choice in Cambridge given world-class facilities like the Avantidrome for track cycling and Lake Karapiro with its world-class rowing, triathlon and canoe courses. As a result, Cambridge attracts some of the world’s most prestigious sporting events including World Cup track cycling and equestrian competitions.
Cambridge is home to 50 per cent of New Zealand’s carded athletes and home to Cycling NZ, Rowing NZ and the high performance centers for Triathlon and soon to be Canoe Racing.