10 Best Homestays in Hamilton
10 Best Homestays in Hamilton

10 Best Homestays in Hamilton

© Anna’s Place

Airbnb Rooms and Homestays in Hamilton

Sprawled along the mighty Waikato River, Hamilton is a vibrant city that’s on the New Zealand bucket list for many. But with limited budget accommodations in the city, travellers trying to save money often have a hard time finding a good-value place to stay. Luckily enough, many of the friendly locals have opened up their spare rooms, sleepouts and even entire floors of their home to travellers, allowing for an affordable stay in the city. Start choosing your ideal homestay with this list of the best homestays in Hamilton!

For more advice on planning a budget trip, check out The Guide to Hamilton on a Budget and find alternative accommodation in the 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Hamilton.

1. Makepeace Place Homestay

A clean and comfortable home in Hamilton, you can hardly go wrong at the Makepeace Place Homestay. Featuring a twin room, a double room with a shared bathroom and a double room with an ensuite, the homestay is a good place to meet other travellers, as well as your friendly host. Guests are made to feel welcome and use the spacious open-plan kitchen, lounge and dining area, as well as the garden at leisure. The property is close to the Waikato Stadium and Hamilton Gardens, which you can learn more about in the 10 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Hamilton.

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10 Best Homestays in Hamilton© Makepeace Place Homestay

2. Lake Domain Holiday House

Stay on the shores of the picturesque Hamilton Lake at the Lake Domain Holiday House. Not only do guests get to enjoy proximity to the walks and views of the lake, but the homestay in Hamilton is just a 15-minute walk from the city centre. The home has various rooms for guests, including single, double and triple rooms with shared bathrooms, as well as a double room with a private bathroom. You’ll also find great value for money with free WiFi and a full kitchen. Learn more about Hamilton Lake in the 10 Hamilton Must-Dos.

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10 Best Homestays in Hamilton© Lake Domain Holiday House

3. 18 on Hunter

A stylishly-decorated townhouse between Hamilton Lake and the city centre, 18 on Hunter is a no-brainer for a city centre homestay. Guests have the luxury of a private double room with a private bathroom, as well as a lounge and garden courtyard on their level. The bright and airy kitchen is shared with the owner who lives on the level above. If you’re a cat lover, you’ll also enjoy meeting the two friendly cats (who tend to stay upstairs with the owner, but you might meet them popping through the catflap).

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10 Best Homestays in Hamilton© 18 on Hunter

4. Hukanui Haven

Retreat to the suburb at the Hukanui Haven in Rototuna, close to the Westfield Chartwell Shopping Centre and a short bus journey from Te Awa @ The Base shopping mall. Enjoy a homely stay with Bev and Mike, whose spare private guest room with a private bathroom is all yours. There’s off-road parking available, a study with internet access, but limited self-catering facilities. A light breakfast is also included each morning.

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10 Best Homestays in Hamilton© Hukanui Haven

5. Private Room with Own Bathroom

Ideal for a short stay in Hamilton, your host, Ya Wei, offers a private sunny sleepout with a private bathroom for up to two guests. Enjoy an extremely affordable stay close to the University of Waikato and approximately a 10-minute drive from the city centre. A bus stop is right outside! You’ll have access to basic cooking facilities, mainly ideal for making breakfast.

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10 Best Homestays in Hamilton© Ya Wei's Place

6. CBD Location Guest Suite

An excellent option for small groups, the CBD Location Guest Suite offers two bedrooms in a large modern townhouse. Situated five minutes from Hamilton city centre, this homestay features two freshly decorated guest rooms with a private bathroom with toiletries and bath linen provided. Guests are welcome to help themselves to hot drinks, condiments and spreads should you need to enhance your morning breakfast. Your host, Felicity, is not always around, allowing privacy on most occasions.

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10 Best Homestays in Hamilton© CBD Location Guest Suite

7. Blackwood Bed and Breakfast

Enjoy an alternative location on the outskirts of Hamilton at the Blackwood Bed and Breakfast. The B&B offers tidy double rooms in a house set on 10 acres of land complete with dogs, horses and a cat. Moments away is the Taitua Arboretum, while guests can enjoy falling asleep to the sounds of native owls. A light breakfast is included in your stay, but guests need to make other dining arrangements as there are limited self-catering amenities.

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10 Best Homestays in Hamilton© Blackwood Bed and Breakfast

8. Stylish, Clean and Cosy Close to CBD

Anna opens up her spare guest room at this homestay close to the city centre. You’ll find great value at this homestay in Hamilton with a private double room in a modernly-decorated 1920s cottage near the Claudelands Event Centre, famous for its farmers’ market every Sunday. Your host kindly makes all of the house’s facilities available to guests, including the kitchen, shared bathroom and laundry machines, so you should have all you need.

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10 Best Homestays in Hamilton© Anna's Place

9. Cul-de-sac Home in Hamilton

A homestay on a quiet cul-de-sac of Rototuna, the Cul-de-sac Home in Hamilton provides a clean and affordable stay. This home is one of the best options for families and groups of four with a large quadruple room available, as well as separate queen and triple room. The accommodation is in a good location for accessing Hamilton’s best shopping malls, while supermarkets are just a short walk away. You won’t need to worry about breakfast, as it’s included along with free WiFi.

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10 Best Homestays in Hamilton© Cul-de-sac Home in Hamilton

10. Kays Place

Finally, a great stay for mature couples, Kays Place offers two separate rooms for guests with king-sized beds and queen-sized airbeds if there’s more in your party. The homestay is on a quiet street yet close to town, within walking distance of the city centre and particularly SkyCity Hamilton and Gothenburg Restaurant as listed in The Foodie Guide to Hamilton. Your hosts live downstairs, while everything you should need is upstairs including basic cooking facilities to make breakfast, snacks and microwave meals.

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10 Best Homestays in Hamilton© Kays Place


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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