Cambridge Super Loo
This rather attractive building in Cambridge is actually a toilet! Most buildings in NZ are very well kept, but this was even more out of the ordinary!
This is a user pays Super Loo. Super Loos seem to be a bit of a NZ institution - I noticed them in several different towns and cities.
Toilets 20c, showers $1.
This one is open till about 5 pm.
You can find this one at the corner of Queen and Victoria Streets (across the road is the Information centre, I believe)
We made a small stop in Cambrige en route to Rotorua from Auckland, and found it a most quaint stop.
Unfortunately the weather was anything but kind to us that day, but I enjoyed my little wander in the centre of Cambridge regardless. It must be even nicer when the sun is shining.
I got the impression of a very English air to the place (helped no doubt by this English type phone box), nice weather board shops (some two storied), well maintained and looking almost freshly painted, and clean streets.
Otherwise, I can't tell you too much about the town, just that I would definitely stop there again.
One of the quaint, attractively painted weatherboard shops.
My Cambridge Page.
"A town welcome home it's Olympians."
Cambridge welcomed home it's olympians with an enthusiastic town parade. They say there is something in the water here, to produce so many successful athletes for every olympics. This time it was Gold for the Evers-Swindell twins in rowing, and Gold for Sarah Ulmer in cycling. Sarah also blitzed the world record in her event. See more photos of this event here.
Strolling around Cambridge is more than a visit, it's an experience. Forget about the hussle and bustle of cities and malls, shopping in Cambridge is so enjoyable you want to stay forever. This quaint English style town is simply a breath of fresh air. Neatly presented gardens and Town Hall, this is one town with immense pride.
Cambridge is a horse town, a rowing town, a farming town, even a commuter town with people wanting to live in a rural setting but work in nearby Hamilton city.
It's common to see people in riding boots, gumboots, Swanndri's, or very smart casual attire. As you wander down the street, you see locals, and know you are amongst heartland New Zealand.
"Every town needs an Information Office."
I stopped to take this photo to depict the older architecture, the funny little car and of course, the Information Office. This is in fact the back of the town hall and it has been restored painstakingly and the info office is perfeclty placed next to the highway. A lot of travellers pass through Cambridge, and it has a lot to offer those wanting to stop.
Olympic champions 2004
"8 Sept 2004"
Cambridge held a welcome home parade for the returning Olympians from Athens 2004.
The pipes came out to head the parade and march the olypians in to town.
"Gold Medallist extraordinaire!"
Sarah Ulmer cycling Gold medallist and world record hammerer.
She moved to Cambridge to be with her trainer/boyfriend and never looked back. Must be that water huh!
"Twins and both on top of their sport."
ATHENS OLYMPICS 2004
Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell, a team in life and an invincible team in sport. Rowers on top of their world and we are so proud of them.
**GOLD in Women's Double Sculls 1500m**
They won world titles in Seville, 2002 and Milan 2003. In 2003 they were named FISA Crew of the Year and won the NZ Halberg Award in 2001
""That's Two for Todd and Todd for Two""
Mark Todd and his wonderful horse Charisma brought home to Cambridge two gold medals from consecutive Olympics along with other medals as well. He was here to welcome home the latest winners and to add to the festivities of his amazing home town Cambridge.
Some of his achievements are:
2003 Mark Todd voted Equestrian Eventing Rider of the Century!!
1984/1988 Gold medals in 3-day Eventing on Charisma.
1988 Bronze in Team Eventing.
2000 Bronze in Individual Eventing.
Won Badminton 1980, 1994 & 1996 - his personal favourite achievements.