If your trip to Hamilton is all booked but your itinerary is looking a bit empty, let us give you a few hints and tips.Stop by SkyCity Hamilton. It’s one attraction you’ll usually find on most visitors’ to-do lists. Hamilton Gardens and Waikato Stadium are also not far away and worth taking the time to see.
If you’re after a day-trip destination, we’ve got a couple of tips. Located 16 miles away, Te Awamutu is worth the drive. Alphra Lavenders, Te Awamutu Museum and St Paul’s Church alone make the drive out worthwhile. Don’t miss Waitomo Caves either! Just 35 miles away, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Altura Gardens & Wildlife Park and Aranui Cave are essential stops here.
Here for business-related reasons? You’ll be happy to hear that Mystery Creek Events Centre has some terrific hotels, restaurants and cafés nearby. It’s situated 7 miles from Hamilton.
Sure, you can make your way around Hamilton without renting a vehicle. But with loads to see here, having one would certainly make your trip more fun and convenient. If you’re eager to get out of the city and on the open road, consider a car with some power. A full-size or mid-size SUV will get you to the area’s caves in roomy style. Prefer to spend the majority of your vacation in the city center? A small, economical car is a good choice. Driving through narrow streets and squeezing into tiny parking spots will be a cinch with one of these.
For some of us, owning a high-end vehicle is the stuff of fairy tales. But renting your dream ride is absolutely within your grasp! Imagine the thrill of cruising the open roads in a swish convertible, even if it’s only for a few days. Or perhaps you’re just after a reliable set of wheels to get you quickly and safely from A to B. Affordable or flashy? Either way, one thing’s for sure — there’s a rental car to suit you in Hamilton.
Motorists drive on the left side of the road in Hamilton. If you’re planning to explore this destination on wheels, be aware that the driver’s seat will be on the right. It could take a little while to get the hang of!
You’ll find lots of places to leave your rental car in Hamilton. Even in the busiest areas, there’s usually a spot just where you need it.
As with many destinations, you can expect slightly heavier traffic in the morning and afternoon rush hours. However, due to its smaller population of around 152,600, traffic congestion isn’t a huge concern in Hamilton.
While motoring around the streets of Hamilton, keep in mind that the speed limits usually range from 50km/h to 100km/h. Most residential zones are 40km/h unless marked otherwise.
One of two things will happen. Your chosen car rental company may charge the fined amount to your credit card. This is the usual practice. Or it may pass on your contact details to the relevant local authority so the fine is sent to you directly.
If you have hands-free functions like Bluetooth enabled, it’s legal to use your cell phone while driving around Hamilton. But make sure you keep concentrating on the road.
When operating a vehicle in Hamilton, it’s illegal to have a BAC (blood alcohol content) greater than 0.05%. Thinking of having a drink or two over lunch or dinner? Consider grabbing a taxi or using a ride-sharing service.
It’s prohibited to turn on a red light in Hamilton. When you come across one, take the opportunity to enjoy a mindful moment or two until the light switches back to green.
Subject to a small number of exceptions, seat belts must be fastened when the vehicle is in motion in Waikato.