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. Hamilton deserves at least 2 full days for you to see its main sights.

When to visit Hamilton

Hamilton in December
Estimated hotel price
$80
1 night at 3-star hotel
Hamilton in December
Estimated hotel price
$80
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Hamilton in February, when the average temperature is 66.2 °F, and the highest can go up to 77 °F. The coldest month, on the other hand, is June, when it can get as cold as 41 °F, with an average temperature of 48.2 °F. You’re likely to see more rain in May, when precipitation is around 4.7″. In contrast, March is usually the driest month of the year in Hamilton, with an average rainfall of 2.8″.

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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 center. The shortest flight to Hamilton from the United States departs from Honolulu and takes around 25h 50m.

Car

Another option to get to Hamilton is to pick up a car rental from Auckland, which is about 71 miles from Hamilton. You’ll find branches of Mode Car & Camper Rentals and New Zealand Discount Car Rentals, among others, in Auckland.

Plane

When flying to Hamilton, you’ll arrive at Hamilton (HLZ), which is located 6 miles from the city center. The shortest flight to Hamilton from the United States departs from Honolulu and takes around 25h 50m.

Car

Another option to get to Hamilton is to pick up a car rental from Auckland, which is about 71 miles from Hamilton. You’ll find branches of Mode Car & Camper Rentals and New Zealand Discount Car Rentals, among others, in Auckland.

Airports near Hamilton

Airlines serving Hamilton

Lufthansa
Good (4,690 reviews)
KLM
Good (839 reviews)
SWISS
Good (961 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,674 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,557 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,235 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,603 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,113 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,987 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,406 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,062 reviews)
Finnair
Good (841 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (933 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (792 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,805 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (839 reviews)
Ethiopian Air
Good (413 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
Good (536 reviews)
JetBlue
Good (1,569 reviews)
Malaysia Airlines
Good (188 reviews)
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Where to stay in Hamilton

Average rates range from around $104 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $74 and up for a 5-star experience. There are also lots of vacation rental options in Hamilton, with prices from $55 to $699 per night. Frankton is the neighborhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, vacation rentals in Hamilton are about 11% 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, 2478 reviews)
$185+
ibis Hamilton Tainui
3 stars
Excellent (8.2, 1202 reviews)
$141+
Heartland Ambassador Hotel Hamilton
3 stars
Excellent (8, 1987 reviews)
$93+
Ramada By Wyndham Hamilton City Center
3 stars
Good (7, 2229 reviews)
$81+
Backpackers Central Hamilton
2 stars
Good (6.7, 1000 reviews)
$30+
Vr Hamilton
4 stars
Good (6.3, 3681 reviews)
$55+

Renting a car in Hamilton

Renting a car in Hamilton costs $45 per day, on average, or $90 if you want to rent if for 2 days.

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 5% more expensive than at Hamilton.

Expect to pay $6.97 per gallon in Hamilton (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $83.58 and $111.44. The most frequently booked car type in Hamilton is Full-size (Class Full-size SUV or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact rental cars (Class Compact SUV or similar) are, on average, 54% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.

Renting a car in Hamilton costs $45 per day, on average, or $90 if you want to rent if for 2 days.

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 5% more expensive than at Hamilton.

Expect to pay $6.97 per gallon in Hamilton (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $83.58 and $111.44. The most frequently booked car type in Hamilton is Full-size (Class Full-size SUV or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact rental cars (Class Compact SUV or similar) are, on average, 54% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.