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Top Experiences For Visitors
Visit the Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata
One of the top reasons people buy flights to Hamilton is to visit the Hobbiton Movie Set. You can join a guided day tour that will take you to the famous Hobbit houses in Bag End, the Party Tree and the Green Dragon Inn. Foodies booking tickets to Hamilton can also sign up for an evening dinner tour.
See the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves
The Waitomo Glowworm Caves is one of the top attractions in New Zealand. A guided boat tour will take you deep into the caves that are home to hundreds of glowworms. It's an unforgettable experience!
Spend the day at Raglan
For visitors buying flights to Hamilton that are fans of the 1966 movie Endless Summer, you'll instantly recognise Raglan. It's a popular surfing spot and boasts one of the longest left-handers in the world. If you've never tried surfing before, Raglan is a great place to take a lesson.
Explore Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari
This sanctuary is a haven for New Zealand's endangered birds, and is set around the ancient Maungatautari Mountain. Travellers buying tickets to Hamilton can come here to see the rare and endemic species such as the takahe, tuatara, giant weta and kaka.
Learn about Hamilton's culture and past
Before catching your flights back home, spend an hour or two at the Waikato Museum. You'll learn about the region's rich culture and see interesting exhibits like a Maori canoe, local artwork and how Waikato played a part in WWI.
The Best Time to Visit Hamilton
The best time to visit Hamilton is in the summer months. From December to February, the weather is warm, and there's little chance of rain ruining any outdoor activities. One thing to keep in mind is that it's school holidays over these months. You'll want to book your return flights to Hamilton and hotel a few months in advance to get the best deal.
For budget travellers looking to save money on flights to Hamilton, you'll want to visit any time outside of the main public and school holidays. Not only will you avoid the crowds at the top attractions, but it may be easier to find cheap flights to Hamilton. If you want to plan your trip to Hamilton around an event, visit in March for the Balloons Over Waikato Festival or in May for the Great New Zealand Food Show.
Another good time to buy return flights to Hamilton is in September. The city's most popular attraction, the botanical gardens, is at its best with beds flowers in bloom.
Public Transport and How to Get Around
Take the free Hamilton City Centre Bus
The best way to get around Hamilton on a budget is with the free Hamilton City Centre bus. It leaves every 10 minutes from Monday to Friday from 7am to 6pm and between 9am and 1pm on Saturdays. Travellers buying flights to Hamilton can use the bus loop to explore the city centre and cut down on transport costs.
Use the public bus
If you want to venture beyond the free bus loop, you can use one of the 28 bus routes through Hamilton. There are more than 900 bus stops, and passengers booking flights to Hamilton can use the service to visit destinations such as Raglan and Waikato.
Transportation from Hamilton Airport (HLZ)
Hamilton Airport (HLZ) is only 15 kilometres from the city centre. If you are buying cheap flights to Hamilton as a group, the best way to get to your hotel is with a shuttle bus service. Prices are usually around $30 NZD per person with a total journey time of 20 to 35 minutes, depending on where you are staying. For those that prefer to use a taxi, you'll find the drivers waiting outside of the arrivals terminal at Hamilton Airport (HLZ). A one-way trip costs on average $50 to $60 NZD. Keep in mind that traffic can cause delays in getting to and from the airport. Be sure to give yourself enough buffer time to catch your return flight.
If you're planning a few day trips from Hamilton, it's worth hiring a car. When booking your return flights to Hamilton with Webjet, you can add a car rental option at checkout. It's a good idea to book your vehicle in advance, especially if you're visiting the city in the busy summer months. Once your flights to Hamilton arrive, you can fetch your car from the kiosk.