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Secure a Rental Car in Hamilton Today


The culturally diverse city of Hamilton is situated in the Waikato region of New Zealand’s North Island. To find the lowest rates available on car rental in the city, compare and secure your vehicle with VroomVroomVroom.

Quick Facts on Hiring a Car in Hamilton

Vehicle ClassesEconomy, Compact, Intermediate, Fullsize, Sport, Wagon/Estate, Van, SUV, Recreational
Number of Depots4
Car Rental BrandsAvis, Budget, Hertz, Thrifty

Hamilton Airport Collection

Have a car waiting from the moment you touch ground by hiring through one of our airport rental partners. We work with four rental brands that service Hamilton Airport (HLZ), offering a wide selection of vehicles at great rates that we compare for you.

Car Rental Depots in Hamilton

Check the open hours for local depots in Hamilton:

Avis logo

4 Vialou Street, Hamilton 3204
7:30am - 3:30pm weekdays.
Closed weekends.

Budget logo

4 Vialou Street, Hamilton 3204
7:30am - 3:30pm weekdays.
Closed weekends.

Hertz logo

98 Tristram Street, Hamilton
7:30am - 5:30pm weekdays.
8:00am - 12:00pm Saturday.
9:00am - 12:00pm Sunday.

Thrifty logo

Corner Anglesea and Clarence Streets, Hamilton 3204
8:30am - 3:00pm weekdays.
Closed weekends.

Frequently Asked Questions for Hamilton Car Rental

What is the highest-rated rental car in Hamilton?

The highest-rated rental car in Hamilton is Toyota Highlander or similar based on recent ratings by our customers.

What is the highest-rated car hire provider in Hamilton?

Avis is the highest-rated car hire provider in Hamilton based on recent ratings by our customers.

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.


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. Furthermore, this unhurried tour will allow you the time to fully submerge yourself in nature and explore the Waitomo districts incredible surroundings.

Paintball Hamilton by Hinterland Adventures

Address: Hutchinson Road, Hamilton 3288

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: Hugerford Crescent, Hamilton East, Hamilton 3216

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.

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Brooklands Country Estate

Address: 5908 Highway 22, Waingaro 3456

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, Hamilton 3206

One of the top-ranked 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 offerx great accommodation space and facilities at affordable rates.

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Restaurants & Bars

Smith & McKenzie

Address: 13 Lynden Court, Chartwell, Hamilton 3210

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, Hamilton Central, Hamilton 3204

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: 19 Home Straight, Te Rapa, Hamilton 3200

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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Happy Customer Reviews for Hamilton Car Hire
Rating: 4.9 / 5 based on 38 reviews
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    Reviewer: Lauren D.
    Date: 04 Nov 2019
    Feedback: Very easy
    Rating: 5/5 😀
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    Reviewer: Angela P.
    Date: 03 Jan 2019
    Feedback: It would have been nice to know how much extra the AER fees are. We had to go trawling through car hire websites to find the information as it's very hidden.
    Rating: 3.5/5 😐
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    Reviewer: Olivia C.
    Date: 02 Jan 2019
    Feedback: So easy it feels wrong! Thank you. Not everything needs to be difficult.
    Rating: 5/5 😀
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    Reviewer: Tilla K.
    Date: 03 Nov 2017
    Feedback: Very effecient
    Rating: 5/5 😀
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    Reviewer: Judit N.
    Date: 20 Oct 2017
    Feedback: Easy to understand, great that there are no booking fees!
    Rating: 5/5 😀