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Getting Around Hamilton in a Rental Car

Hamilton driving tips

If you’re going on a road trip in the North Island of New Zealand, chances are you’ll drive through Hamilton. Found in the Waikato region, this city is filled with culture, gorgeous gardens, and beautiful scenery.

Driving in Hamilton

  • Although it’s not a major city like Auckland, the peak times (between 7am to 9pm and 4pm to 6pm) in Hamilton generally result in traffic jams and extra long travel times. It can be difficult to get around this, so be sure to allow extra time to get where you need to go.
  • There are quite a lot of roundabouts in Hamilton, so be sure to take extra care when using them, giving way to cars coming through on your right and keeping with the flow of traffic until you’ve exited the roundabout.
  • There are several options for parking in Hamilton, including curbside parking zones and secure parking garages. Payment is generally required for parking, however there are some streets which allow you to park for up to two hours without charge.

Where to Drive Your Rental Car in Hamilton

  • Hamilton Gardens: This award-winning garden can be found on Hungerford Crescent. These gardens have a focus on context, creativity, and meaning which makes them one of a kind.
  • Waitomo: This is where you will find the famous Waitomo Glow Worm Caves, Mangapohue Natural Bridge, and the Kawhia Hot Springs.
  • Lake Rotoroa: Reaching up to 145 metres of depth, Lake Rotoroa is a picturesque location, home to Nelson Lakes National Park and endless picnic spots

Toll Roads in Hamilton

There are no toll roads in Hamilton. In all of New Zealand, there are only three toll roads. For a list of these, click here.

Driving Distances


Before you return your rental car, be sure to fill it with petrol to avoid any additional charges. Here are a few centrally-located petrol stations in Hamilton.

  • Mobil - Corner Lake Road and Hall Street
  • BP - 231 Ulster Street
  • Caltex - 163 Whatawhata Road

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