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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 ancient history that includes New Zealand's first organised settlement and Maori mythology of taniwha (sea monsters).
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.
Check out cutting-edge art at The Dowse Art Museum, a local contemporary gallery of national significance with world-class exhibits.
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.
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.
Enjoy New Zealand's wildlife and beauty at Staglands Wildlife Reserve, tucked away in the beautiful Akatarawa Valley.
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.
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.
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.