Hamilton travel guide

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You're Going to Love Hamilton

With a population of 152,641, Hamilton is the largest city in Waikato, New Zealand by the number of inhabitants. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country.

When to visit Hamilton

Hamilton in September
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Hamilton in September
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Hamilton in February, when the average temperature is 19 °C, and the highest can go up to 25 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is June, when it can get as cold as 5 °C, with an average temperature of 9 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in May, when precipitation is around 120 mm. In contrast, March is usually the driest month of the year in Hamilton, with an average rainfall of 70 mm.

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How to Get to Hamilton


When flying to Hamilton, you’ll arrive at Hamilton (HLZ), which is located 10 km from the city centre. The shortest domestic flight to Hamilton departs from Wellington and takes around 1h 15m.


Another option to get to Hamilton is to pick up a car hire from Auckland, which is about 114 km from Hamilton. You’ll find branches of Autounion Car Rental and East Coast Car Rentals, among others, in Auckland.

Airports near Hamilton

Airlines serving Hamilton

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British Airways
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Turkish Airlines
Good (1,725 reviews)
United Airlines
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Qatar Airways
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Air Canada
Good (2,586 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (596 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
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Etihad Airways
Good (446 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Good (3,413 reviews)
Ethiopian Air
Good (221 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
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Malaysia Airlines
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Where to stay in Hamilton

Average rates range from around $188 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $175 and up for a 5-star experience. There are also lots of holiday rental options in Hamilton, with prices from $94 to $1,158 per night. Hamilton CBD is the neighbourhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, holiday rentals in Hamilton are about 9% more expensive than a hotel room in the city.

Where to stay in popular areas of Hamilton

Most booked hotels in Hamilton

Argent Motor Lodge
Excellent (9.2, Excellent reviews)
Auto Lodge Motel
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
Novotel Tainui Hamilton
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
Ramada By Wyndham Hamilton City Center
Good (6.9, Good reviews)
Backpackers Central Hamilton
Good (6.5, Good reviews)
Vr Hamilton
Good (6.2, Good reviews)

Hiring a car in Hamilton

It’s generally cheaper to hire your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 5% cheaper than airport locations in Hamilton.

Expect to pay $2.72 per litre in Hamilton (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $32.61 and $43.48. The most frequently booked car type in Hamilton is Full-size (Toyota Highlander or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy car hire (Toyota Yaris or similar) is, on average, 71% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.