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Due to the central location of Lakeview Lodge our guests are spoilt for choice when looking for activities or entertainment. 


We are surrounded by a number of thriving central Waikato towns with many local businesses who have a wide variety of offerings for our guests.  Below you will find some places to visit within each with links to relevant online information.

Also, we have recommended some hidden gems to explore, where we often send our guests during their stay with us.


Take a look and start planning.


Starting at the Karapiro Domain, stroll a 2km stretch of stunning Lake Karapiro shoreline passing the well-known NZ rowing training headquarters and the race course which is often frequented by local clubs and rowing NZ's elite.


Enjoy the sights of neighbouring lifestyle properties, the adjacent shoreline and the distant mountains from the all weather walking track which winds to the overhanging cliff tops and along a board walk at water level.


On return to the domain, relax with an aromatic coffee or tea and sample the amazing fare at the Podium Cafe.  The kids can play in the adjacent playground, while you enjoy the tranquil view from indoor or outdoor seating overlooking the lake.




Take a short drive South stopping in Tirau to visit Ally Cats, The Clock Shop, and Notting Hill.  There are some designer clothes stores to investigate too.  There are numerous café’s for coffee or a meal, or if it is locally made NZ Icecream you are after, visit One Road Icecream.  On the way to Putaruru stop at the Te Waihou Walkway and visit The Blue Springs where NZ’s Pump water bottles are filled.  In Putaruru visit Over The Moon Cheese and sample some of their delights. Drive on to Arapuni and walk the almost 100 year old Swing bridge, with amazing views over the local forest and Waikato River as it appears out of the Arpauni Hydro power station.  Have coffee at the Rubarb Café and then drive back to Lakeview Lodge, taking in the amazing views of Lake Karapiro.




Head 15 minutes North to visit the vibrant town of Cambridge, where there are many boutique shops and eateries along the main streets. Once your shopping is safely tucked away in your car, wander around Lake Te Koutu hidden in the heart of Cambridge. The lake is a popular spot with locals, with a walking trail that is suitable for pushchairs and the variety of trees and gardens planted around the lake make for varied and picturesque settings year round.  

Several lookout points, water features, and a children’s playground make this walk perfect for young families.

Plus onsite BBQ facilities provide a great spot for a sunny afternoon picnic.

After quench your thirst at The Good Union, by sampling their beers or cider on offer, plus they have great food too.

Take a visit to the Avantidrome which is Waikato’s newest sports and leisure facility only 5 minutes by car. This world-class facility is centered around the purpose built 250m wooden cycling velodrome, and is host to a range of other high performance sport and community facilities. You might get lucky and see some NZ elite athletes on the track!

Finish you afternoon off back in Cambridge's shopping centre taking in a movie at the boutique Tivoli Cinemas

or an evening of dining at Onyx, Alpha Street Kitchen or Alpino restaurants all close by. 


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