The Oar and Paddle

The Oar and Paddle Local attractions near Karapiro, Cambridge Boutique accommodation

Local Attractions

A variety of attractions situated near The Oar & Paddle await you. Please feel free to contact us regarding any questions about the attractions listed below.

Mighty River Domain at Lake Karapiro


The rowing course may be viewed from your room! A simple 2 minute walk gets you onto the Pontoon where the start of the rowing is held. The Mighty River Domain At Lake Karapiro is also within comfortable walking distance, an extremely popular venue for many school triathlons as well as rowing and boat launching facilities. We have plenty of room to park your boat and boat launching is a convenient 2 minutes away, perfect for that early morning waterski or kayak.

Cambridge Township


Town of trees and champions. Also home to numerous cafes and shops.

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Maungatautari Ecological Society


An internationally acclaimed bird sanctuary. If you need a break from action on the water, local attraction the Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust, provides walking trails and viewing platforms of native birds such as the Takahe, Kiwi and Kaka. A visit there is highly recommended.

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Middle Earth of Hobbiton


The Oar and Paddle is right in the middle of Middle Earth only 18kms away from Hobbiton. We were the accommodation of choice for Peter Jackson's executives while filming the Hobbit. Have a pint at the newly opened Green Dragon Inn and you may even run into Bilbo and his mates.

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Nation Agricultural Field Days


June is the time for the New Zealand National Agricultural Field Days. Avoid long traffic delays The Oar & Paddle is a simple 15 minute drive from Mystery Creek Events Centre.

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Two golf courses in close proximity, as well as several other courses in area.

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Coastal beaches


West coast beaches including Raglan, Kawhia as well as East coast beaches (Mt Maunganui, Papamoa) are approximately 1.15 hours drive.

Well known tourist attractions


Rotorua, Tauranga, Waitomo are all within an easy 1.30 hours drive.

Hamilton and Airport


Hamilton and Hamilton Airport are only a 20 minute drive away.

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