Located in the Waikato region, Hamilton offers a diverse selection of attractions, shopping, and dining. It's a quaint city best explored leisurely to soak up the city's atmosphere, history, and culture. With help from Skyscanner and its network of companies, travellers can reserve a rental car and have it ready upon arrival. Enjoy the scenic countryside and quaint streets in comfort and with no time tables to contend with. Just type in the dates for travel plans and let Skyscanner do the rest.
Hamilton Car Rentals
There's no shortage of rental car companies in Hamilton, which is good because a rental is the best way of getting to all the fun places Hamilton has to offer. Skyscanner has over 800 rental companies to choose from including many found in Hamilton. Select from well-known companies such as Avis, Hertz, Thrifty, and Budget.
Within the terminal at Hamilton International Airport, just 18 minutes from the city, there are several customer service counters to pick up a reserved car from including Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, and Thrifty.
Tips for Driving in Hamilton
Open highways into Hamilton are scenic and move at a steady pace. Drivers used to driving on the right side of the road should be aware New Zealand is the opposite. Driving and traffic within the city are comparable to any other city with frequent starts and stops at street lights. Traffic is busiest during morning and evening commutes to and from work. The streets are well-maintained, have clearly marked pedestrian walkways, and have bus and bicycle lanes. Street parking is allowed but hard to find. Most streets are two lanes, but there are some narrow streets in the downtown area.
Watch for changing speed limits. When children are going to and from school, the speed limit sets to 40 kph. The speed limit signs are electronic and activated by the school. New Zealand actively enforces the speed limit. Also, be aware of signs with blue lettering placed against a white background, as these denote right of ways or private lanes that belong to homeowners.
Points of Interest in Hamilton
Waitomo Caves feature the Glowworm Caves, Mangapohue Bridge, underground caves, and wildlife about an hour's drive from Hamilton. Relax and unwind at the beautifully detailed and landscaped Hamilton Gardens featuring examples of Italian, Maori, and Japanese styles. At the Waikato Museum, see exhibits of Maori art and interesting artifacts. Located on the outskirts of Hamilton, the Taitua Arboretum is a beautiful place for a quiet picnic or taking a walk along the trails. Kids will enjoy the Hamilton Zoo where a variety of animals reside on 25 hectares. After travelling around Hamilton, relax at Waterworld and refresh in one of the pools, unwind in the sauna or steam room, or workout at the well-equipped gym.
Hamilton is a lovely and cozy city with an upbeat atmosphere and friendly residents. There are many places to explore, restaurants to sample, and scenic roads to discover. Enjoy it all by letting Skyscanner do the legwork finding the best deals on luxury, economy, or cheap car rentals in Hamilton.