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    Blue Spring located at Te Waihou Walkway in Hamilton, New Zealand

    VroomVroomVroom can help you find the cheapest car rental in Hamilton by comparing rates from Budget, Hertz, Avis and Thrifty. Our booking system is easy to use and can save you time and money.

    A Hamilton car hire is the best way to see the city and the surrounding district of Waikato. Enjoy the riverside and Hamilton Gardens, then head to central North Island attractions. Start planning your Hamilton vacation today.

    Why book a car hire in Hamilton with VroomVroomVroom?

    Look no further than VroomVroomVroom to find your affordable Hamilton car rental. Here are a few reasons why our customers book with us:

    • Trusted since 2001: We have been helping people book a rental car for more than a decade. Feel free to  c ontact us  if you need assistance. 
    • Flexibility: With a Hamilton car rental you can enjoy a road trip in the Waikato region with the freedom to travel anywhere, anytime you want. 
    • Wide selection of vehicles: Aside from having more choices in rental cars, you can also compare and book a campervan hire in Hamilton. Visit our  campervan page for more information. 
    • Convenience: If you are arriving via Hamilton Airport, you can also rent a car from there through us. 

    Best time to visit Hamilton

    Head to Hamilton from December to February to take advantage of the warmer, summer temperatures. Travel to Hamilton for Fieldays, the Southern Hemisphere's largest agricultural expo, held at Mystery Creek every June. Another highlight in this four-day event is Rural Catch where the most eligible young farmers show of their skills across speed fencing to speed dating. 

    Driving tips in Hamilton

    There are plenty of attractions to see close to Hamilton. It takes only 45 minutes to reach Matamata, where you can explore the film set of the popular Lord of the Rings films. Hamilton is located just over an hour and a half to the south of Auckland via State Highway 1, giving you easy access to New Zealand's largest city. If you are driving to  Hamilton Airport, it should take you less than 20 minutes depending on traffic. 

    Explore the Waikato with the convenience of a rental car

    There's plenty to do in Hamilton, and in the surrounding Waikato district. A frequent winner of "Best Waikato Event" as voted by the public of Hamilton, Balloons Over Waikato which is held in March each year, is one of the popular events. There are three venues, Innes Common, Hamilton Lake and the University of Waikato. You can catch a sunrise balloon ride on any of the festival days. A highlight of the weekend is the Zuru Nightglow, when balloons glow in the dark to a soundtrack of orchestrated music, with a finale of fireworks.

    Make sure to use our travel guide to find the best things to see and do with your rental car. 


    Glowing Adventures

    Address: 1199 Oparure Road, Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

    magical tour via glowing adventures

    This remarkable three-hour eco-tour excursion will take you off the beaten track for an alternative journey deep into our family's untouched farmland and into a mighty limestone cave system. With no concrete paths or electric lighting and small group sizes, this is an authentic and personalised wilderness experience that will take you into the heart of New Zealand's magical glow worm environment.
    Their caving experience takes you away from busy buses and overcrowded tours, allowing you to experience this stunning spectacle in a more relaxed, and personal manner. Furthermore, this unhurried tour will allow you the time to fully submerge yourself in nature and explore the Waitomo districts incredible surroundings. A truly magical tour that will allow you to discover and experience a completely untouched hidden gem. For more information, visit their website. 

    Paintball Hamilton by Hinterland Adventures

    Address: Hutchinson Rd

    paintball at Hinterland Adventures in Hamilton

    This Kiwi-owned business is known for their paintball and other exciting outdoor activities such as clay bird shooting, outdoor laser tag, and archery. The Hinterland Adventures site is just 15 minutes north of the city centre. All groups are very welcome including schools, stag do's, work functions, sports teams and birthday parties. 

    Waikato River Explorer

    Address: Hamilton Gardens, Hungerford Crescent (departure and pickup)

    Road trips are fun, but you can also try cruising for a change. The Waikato River is the lifeblood of Hamilton City, with many opportunities for recreation. Enjoy the scenery and tranquil surroundings of the Waikato River by cruising the Waikato River Explorer's 47-foot vessel. This popular charter vessel called Cynthia Dew can seat up to 54 passengers and accommodate up to 75. They offer lunch, scenic, and wine tasting cruises from Thursday to Sunday all year round.

    Waikato River Walks

    Or, get up close to the water with a river-side walk at these scenic paths:

    • Memorial Park- Rose Gardens (east side)
    • Rose Gardens- Hillcrest Beach (east side)
    • Bridge Street- Governers (west side)
    • Governers- Beerescourt (west side)

    Hobbiton Movie Set Tours

    Address: 501 Buckland Rd, Hinuera, Matamata 3400, New Zealand

    A fantastic day out. Book your tickets for a tour at the thatched-roof i-site office in Matamata, a 45-minute drive from Hamilton. You can then choose to drive yourself to Hobbiton, another 20 minutes, or relax and opt for a bus ride there. The site itself is a little remote, so the bus ride takes the worry out of the trip. Hobbiton is large, so upon arrival, you board another bus for your tour. Guides are super-knowledgeable and have lots of behind the scenes stories. There's plenty of time off the bus to wander the attractions at your own pace. Finish your tour at the Green Dragon pub, with a cup of tea and a cheese scone. Read more about it in our useful article

    Mount Pirongia

    Address: Accessed from Limeworks Loop Rd

    With multiple tracks to suit your level of fitness, there is nothing more idyllic than the spectacular views this mountaintop has to offer. Get hiking shoes, comfortable clothes, pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the sense of satisfaction that comes with a good day of adventuring. Mt. Pirongia is a 40-minute drive from Hamilton.

    Cricket at Seddon Park

    Seddon Park is New Zealand's fourth largest cricket venue and is popular for its village-green atmosphere, and picnic vibe. As part of the ANZ Test Series, watch the New Zealand cricket team, the BLACKCAPS play Pakistan of 25-29 November. 

    Hamilton Gardens

    Address: Hungerford Crescent

    japanese garden in hamilton gardens

    Not just a destination during spring and summer! The Hamilton Gardens are one of the city's premier attractions. It is more than a botanical garden, it is more a living museum with over 21 themed gardens to enjoy. Linger in the Italian Renaissance Garden or take a moment in the Japanese Garden of Contemplation.

    Hamilton Zoo 

    Address: 183 Brymer Road

    This crowd-pleaser is perfect for the whole family to enjoy the day or afternoon. If you aren't with the family, it's also a perfect first date! With native and exotic animals from around the world, plus a cafe to enjoy lunch, Hamilton Zoo offers a truly fun time.


    Just 40 minutes of driving time from Hamilton is Raglan. This a surf side community has a big focus on the creative and artistic lifestyle. Have a surfing lesson, and try to stand up like the pros. Relax in the cafes or on the verandah of the Harbour View Hotel, the iconic pub in the centre of town. You can stay the night there too. Check out the Raglan website, they even have a Friday afternoon local surfing update!

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    Underhill Valley Earth Huts by Canopy Camping

    Address: Whatawhata RD 2

    If you're looking for the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, or simply want a romantic refuge for you & your partner, then make sure to check out the Underhill Valley. Staying in the earth huts may remind you of the Hobbiton village. Each hut was beautifully handcrafted to promote sustainable living. Underhill Valley was established more than 15 years ago, yet remains the best-kept secret in Waikato!

    Brooklands Country Estate

    Address: 5908 Hwy 22, Waingaro

    Escape the hustle and bustle of the city's nightlife and retreat to the peaceful, lush, green country of Waingaro Valley. Here you will discover a luxury accommodation that offers fine dining, a spa, a swimming pool, a library, a golf course and many other activities to help keep you entertained in such a secluded area. Sounds to us like the perfect getaway!

    Argent Motor Lodge

    Address: 27 Lorne Street, Melville

    Ranked #2 of the 62 hotels in the city by TripAdvisor and located within close proximity to the Waikato Hospital and Lake. This cosy, top-class service and modern motor lodge offer great accommodation space and facilities at affordable rates. 

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    Restaurants & Bars

    Smith & McKenzie

    Address: 13 Lynden Court, Chartwell Square

    For those who are searching for the best steaks in New Zealand, make sure to drop by Smith & McKenzie Chophouse. This restaurant can accommodate up to 150 guests, but it also features a separate bar, two garden areas and a special functions room. Smith & McKenzie is known for their tender steaks -- which use a slow cooking technique to ensure that meat is tasty and juicy. They also have a wide selection of wines and beers to compliment your steak.


    Address: 20 Alma Street

    Situated right in the heart of the city, Palate is one of the top restaurants in the Waikato region. It was established in 2005 and is headed by highly-acclaimed Chef Mat McLean, who is also the owner of this restaurant. Chef McLean and his hardworking team aim to provide the highest-quality, freshest food all the time. Palate has received numerous awards including the Cuisine NZ Restaurant of the Year Award (2012) and the Entertainment Gold Award (2014.) 

    The District

    Address: Home Straight, Te Rapa (opposite Bunnings Warehouse)

    If you are looking for great coffee, great food, and great service, then The District is the place to be. It is open from Monday to Saturday with dinner served every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Their seasonal menus feature local produce from the Waikato and other New Zealand regions. Make sure you try their beer-battered fish and chips, flash-fried squid and stone-cooked pizza. They also have a wide selection of wines, cocktails, non-alcoholic drinks and hot beverages.

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