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Hutt Valley

Only a short 15 minute drive or train ride from Wellington, the Hutt Valley is home to adventurous activities, a rich culture and heritage, and beautiful scenery.

From the Hutt River to the bush-clad hills, Hutt Valley is home to some of the region's best walking and mountain bike trails. Add to that the picturesque townships of Petone and Eastbourne, and bustling collection of art galleries, cafes and restaurants - all just a short 15 minute drive from Wellington. The area also has an ancienty history that includes New Zealand's first organised settlement and Maori mythology of taniwha (sea monsters). 

Escape to the Eastern bays

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Explore the beachside settlements of Days Bay and Eastbourne. Here you'll find colourful cafes, art galleries, nature walks, and cute B&Bs - perfect for a seaside retreat.

Travelling from Wellington city? Take the East By West Ferry across the harbour to Days Bay. You might also like to stop off at nature reserve of Matiu/Somes Island on the way over. 

Get on your bike

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Hire a bike and explore the beautiful coastal road out to historic Pencarrow Head. Or pedal along the very easy, flat tracks and pathways of the 28km Hutt River Trail, or the Rimutaka Cycle Trail, named in Lonely Planet's list of the best new travel experiences for 2015. 

Get your art-fix at The Dowse

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Check out cutting-edge art at The Dowse Art Museum, a local contemporary gallery of national significance with world-class exhibits.

Cruise down Jackson Street

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Don’t miss the trendy cafes, galleries, and unique retailers of Jackson Street, Petone. You can also get a taste of days gone by at the old Petone Police Station and Jail. Jackson St is a must visit for foodies, with 60+ eateries and food retailers in one street.

Witness weaving magic

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Visit the Stansborough Mill and learn about how they use historic looms to weave a unique breed of sheep’s wool into cloth and garments that are purchased throughout the world and have been seen on screens in films such as Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and Narnia.

Go quad biking and get your heart racing

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Let Wellington Adventures Quad Bike Expeditions show you the Turakirae Head seal colony and the hills and river valleys which extend inland from the rugged south coast.

Get close to wildlife at Staglands

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Enjoy New Zealand's wildlife and beauty at Staglands Wildlife Reserve, tucked away in the beautiful Akatarawa Valley. 

Drink from the spring of life

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Experience how water is supposed to taste. Pop down to Te Puna Wai Ora, the spring of life, and fill your water bottle with pure artesian water naturally treated by layers of sand and gravel. 

Play a round of golf or nine

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Golf enthusiasts are spoilt for choice with nine local golf courses, from a quick nine hole to championship rated courses, each offering a different challenge and experience.

Hit the trails

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The view across the harbour to Wellington from a Hutt Valley hilltop can’t be beaten. There’s a cycling or walking track for every fitness level so pack your lunch and make a weekend of it on the Rimutaka Cycle Trail. Or explore Rimutaka Forest Park, a popular spot for trampers, campers and walkers and where over 100 wild kiwis roam free.

Learn about New Zealand's first organised settlement

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As the first place of organised settlement in New Zealand, the Hutt Valley is filled with amazing New Zealand history. Wander the Discover Historic Petone trail - known by local Māori as Pito-one - including local treasures that you can walk or cycle around in half a day.

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