Competitors, supporters and spectators at the World Masters Games rowing and track cycling can expect a huge welcome from the Waipa district, home to picturesque Cambridge and stunning Lake Karapiro.

Waipa, grounded in agriculture and the equestrian industry, is well recognised as one of New Zealand’s most easily accessible and attractive districts.  And it’s also one of the most competitive! 

A growing number of high-performing sporting organisations, including Bike NZ and Rowing NZ are head-quartered in Waipa; not just because of their own world-class facilities, but because the district is such a stunning place to live, work and play.

Waipa landscapeWhen you’re in Waipa, don’t be surprised if you rub shoulders with Olympic medallists relaxing at a local café, possibly chatting with any number of world champions. Waipa has a proud and growing tradition of raising and nurturing world-class sports people across a range of disciplines including road, track and BMX cycling, rowing, equestrian, canoeing and triathlon.

Given its success at world championships, the Olympic Games and other levels, it’s no surprise Waipa is known as the ‘Home of Champions’. 

But it’s not just its sporting prowess that Waipa people are so justifiably proud of. The district has much to offer visitors and residents, including thriving shopping centres, outstanding natural attractions and wonderful eateries.

Stop off at glorious Lake Karapiro, a picturesque venue and one of the world’s finest rowing courses.  The Avantidrome just out of Cambridge is a world-class track cycling facility connected to Cambridge township by a delightful cycleway along the Waikato River.

Take a walk around Sanctuary Mountain – Maungatautari to see New Zealand’s native birds, wildlife and plant life protected within the world’s largest predator-proof fence.

Kayak the Waikato River, go horse trekking, check out a thoroughbred stud farm or simply soak up the scenery.  When it comes to Waipa, the district has it all!

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