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. Consider staying at least one whole day in Hamilton to see all of its attractions.

When to visit Hamilton

Hamilton in December
Estimated hotel price
$160
1 night at 3-star hotel
Hamilton in December
Estimated hotel price
$160
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

Plane

When flying to Hamilton, you’ll arrive at Hamilton (HLZ), which is located 6 miles from the city centre. The shortest domestic flight to Hamilton departs from Wellington and takes around 1h 15m.

Car

Another option to get to Hamilton is to pick up a car hire from Auckland, which is about 71 miles from Hamilton. You’ll find branches of Autounion Car Rental and DISCOUNT.QUEBEC , among others, in Auckland.

Plane

When flying to Hamilton, you’ll arrive at Hamilton (HLZ), which is located 6 miles from the city centre. The shortest domestic flight to Hamilton departs from Wellington and takes around 1h 15m.

Car

Another option to get to Hamilton is to pick up a car hire from Auckland, which is about 71 miles from Hamilton. You’ll find branches of Autounion Car Rental and DISCOUNT.QUEBEC , among others, in Auckland.

Airports near Hamilton

Airlines serving Hamilton

Lufthansa
Good (4,697 reviews)
KLM
Good (844 reviews)
SWISS
Good (955 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,577 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,606 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,274 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,600 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,113 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,958 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,441 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (5,934 reviews)
Finnair
Good (863 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (922 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (822 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,722 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (834 reviews)
Ethiopian Air
Good (406 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
Good (513 reviews)
Malaysia Airlines
Good (186 reviews)
Korean Air
Excellent (771 reviews)
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Where to stay in Hamilton

Average rates range from around $186 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $117 and up for a 5-star experience. There are also lots of holiday rental options in Hamilton, with prices from $86 to $1,138 per night. Frankton is the neighbourhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, holiday rentals in Hamilton are about 12% cheaper than a hotel room in the city.

Where to stay in popular areas of Hamilton

Most booked hotels in Hamilton

Novotel Tainui Hamilton
4 stars
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
$294+
ibis Hamilton Tainui
3 stars
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
$225+
Heartland Ambassador Hotel Hamilton
3 stars
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
$155+
Ramada By Wyndham Hamilton City Center
3 stars
Good (7, Good reviews)
$117+
Backpackers Central Hamilton
2 stars
Good (6.7, Good reviews)
$46+
Vr Hamilton
4 stars
Good (6.3, Good reviews)
$86+

Hiring a car in Hamilton

Hiring a car in Hamilton costs $75 per day, on average.

It’s generally cheaper to hire your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 1% cheaper than airport locations in Hamilton.

Expect to pay $3.08 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 $36.93 and $49.24. The most frequently booked car type in Hamilton is Economy (Suzuki Swift or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Intermediate car hire (Nissan Qashqai or similar) is, on average, 36% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.

Hiring a car in Hamilton costs $75 per day, on average.

It’s generally cheaper to hire your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 1% cheaper than airport locations in Hamilton.

Expect to pay $3.08 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 $36.93 and $49.24. The most frequently booked car type in Hamilton is Economy (Suzuki Swift or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Intermediate car hire (Nissan Qashqai or similar) is, on average, 36% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.