James Hill (born 20 November 1930) is a former New Zealand rower.
At the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games he won the gold medal in the men's single sculls. Four years prior at the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games he won the silver medal in the single sculls and also won the bronze medal as part of the double sculls.
Competing at the 1960 Summer Olympics he placed 4th in the men's single sculls. At the 1956 Summer Olympics he made the semi-finals of the single sculls.