Waikato River Hamilton East

Car Rental in Hamilton, New Zealand

New Zealand's longest, Waikato River, wounds through the city of Hamilton and divides the city into a university town to the east and central business and shopping district to the west. Despite the compact downtown area which makes Hamilton very walkable, you may want to consider driving a rental car in Hamilton for more predictable transport (buses are cheap but rather slow) plus it gets you to more scene-stealing attractions an hour or less in all directions.

Book online with Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar and Thrifty to get the best Hamilton car hire deals. With a car hire in Hamilton New Zealand, the beautiful Waikato region is practically at your doorstep.

Where to Go on a Car Rental in Hamilton, New Zealand

Hamilton rose out of the banks of Waikato River which bisects the city east to west. Hamilton East is home to the highly reputed University of Waikato and therefore throbs with a vibrant university-town feel. To the west of the river is Hamilton's CBD and main shopping arteries, a rather walkable area pleasantly packed with dining options, dancing venues and watering holes that make the area one thumping destination after-hours. A more affordable but no less lively option would be to cross the bridge to the other side where drinks are targeted to students partying during the weekends.

By day, drive around on your rental car in Hamilton to get to Waikato Museum for Maori, New Zealand and international arts.  Then drive to the zoo on your Hamilton car rental to come face to face with indigenous avians in a free-flight setting. You can also view Hamilton from an entirely different perspective, one that would put you on a kayak or a boat while you enjoy the scenic riverside walks peppered with themed gardens and well-manicured paths.

Rent a Car in Hamilton and Explore The Shire

Hamilton is best known for what lies at its doorsteps. If Waikato's verdant pastures, lush rolling hills and general sense of bucolic peace remind you of The Shire, it's because it is The Shire. With car rentals in Hamilton, you can drive east to Matamata, the small village that made it big in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Of course, if you are in The Shire, you should not miss Hobbiton and the Bagginses’ hill dwellings that have been well-preserved after the fictional half-lings exited Middle Earth.

Drive your car hire in Hamilton an hour further southeast via Route 27 and you will be rewarded with soothing thermal pools and geysers at Rotorua. If you want crimson sunsets and surfing action, head to the opposite direction instead to the small beachside town of Raglan, less than an hour's drive on rental cars in Hamilton. Of course, there is always an option to go north to Auckland, New Zealand’s most populous city. Make the most of your rental car before you drop if off, and take time to know why it is one of the most liveable cities in the southern hemisphere. You can start with the wine, and cap it off with a sunset cruise.