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


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 15m.


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 Autounion Car Rental and Mode Car & Camper Rentals, among others, in Auckland.

Airports near Hamilton

Airlines serving Hamilton

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British Airways
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Turkish Airlines
Good (1,729 reviews)
United Airlines
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Qatar Airways
Good (1,698 reviews)
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Air Canada
Good (2,634 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (598 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
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Etihad Airways
Good (445 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (3,446 reviews)
Ethiopian Air
Good (223 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
Good (215 reviews)
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Malaysia Airlines
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Where to stay in Hamilton

Average rates range from around $105 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $98 and up for a 5-star experience. There are also lots of vacation rental options in Hamilton, with prices from $57 to $699 per night. Hillcrest is the neighborhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, vacation rentals in Hamilton are about 6% 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, 693 reviews)
Auto Lodge Motel
Excellent (8.8, 898 reviews)
Novotel Tainui Hamilton
Excellent (8.1, 2817 reviews)
Ramada By Wyndham Hamilton City Center
Good (6.9, 1957 reviews)
Backpackers Central Hamilton
Good (6.5, 15 reviews)
Vr Hamilton
Good (6.2, 4022 reviews)

Renting a car in Hamilton

Renting a car in Hamilton costs $61 per day, on average.

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 1% more expensive than at Hamilton.

Expect to pay $5.79 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 $69.50 and $92.67. 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 Supplier choice rental cars (Class Special Car or similar) are, on average, 54% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.